Surgical Errors Continue Despite New Safety Guidelines

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Patients have been known to use permanent markers to write on their bodies to mark a surgery site. Feldman said patients should ask questions, reiterate the surgery to the doctor, go ahead and write on themselves to help map out their surgery -- and even make sure the surgeon has washed his or her hands.

"Some doctors might get annoyed to have a patient ask if they've washed their hands, but if that's the case maybe that patient shouldn't be seeing that doctor," said Feldman. "Doctors have to realize that encouraging patients to be involved and ask questions all helps with patient safety."

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