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Preoperative limb marking and verification checklist: a compliance issue?
  1. S Karkhanis,
  2. B Muddu,
  3. M Bari
  1. Trauma & Orthopaedics, Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-Under-Lyme, UK
  1. Mr S Karkhanis, Laurel House, Laurel Road, Stockport SK4 4PR, UK; salil.karkhanis{at}

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Surgery at an incorrect site is rare but has disastrous consequences. In the UK, adverse events cost approximately £2 billion/year in additional hospital stays alone.1 The “Correct Site Surgery” alert was initiated by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and the Royal College of Surgeons, to reduce the number of incorrect-site surgery incidents. The preoperative marking verification checklist …

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