Medical Errors in Refractive Surgery
Title: Medical Errors in Refractive Surgery
Author: Rachel Simpson
Keywords/Main Subjects: LASIK; PRK; Medical errors; Cylinder notation; Wrong patient error
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Diagnosis: Refractive surgery complications
Brief Description: This is a review of medical errors in refractive surgery presented in the context of a case of a patient who underwent ophthalmic surgery and lost vision due to wrong surgical site. A study of self reported medical errors is presented. Case 1 presents a case of error in converting from minus cylinder to plus cylinder. Case 2 presents a case of error in data entry. Case 3 presents a failure of timeout error, resulting in a wrong patient treatment. Management and prevention of surgical errors in refractive surgery are presented. Recommendations are suggested for preventing errors.
Series: Moran Eye Center Grand Rounds