Procedures help providers avoid wrong-site surgery
WILLMAR -- Before any of the surgery teams at Rice Memorial Hospital or the Willmar Surgery Center make the first incision, there's a final stop as they go down the checklist: Correct patient. Correct procedure. Correct body site.
Then, and only then, is the orange "time-out towel" (or, at the surgery center, an orange tent-like cover) removed from the instrument tray so that the surgeon can pick up the scalpel.
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