The original Ensuring correct patient, correct site, correct procedure protocol was developed specifically for operating theatres. Anecdotal evidence indicates that take-up of the protocol outside this environment has been limited. Although the protocol has not been widely used outside operating theatres, there is consistent evidence that patient/procedure mismatching also occurs in areas other than surgery.
The Commission, in conjunction with clinician experts and major clinical groups has developed protocols to support matching of patients to their care in the areas of radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and oral surgery. These protocols are based on protocols originally developed by NSW Health. The Commission appreciates the assistance of NSW Health in allowing them to be adopted for national use.
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