Preventing Wrong-Site Surgery in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Leon A. Assael

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This article discusses the risk for wrong-site surgery in oral and maxillofacial surgery and the development and utility of checklists. The intent of checklists and the specific applicability of each of them to ambulatory oral and maxillofacial surgery are presented. Checklists and other considerations to mitigate the risk of wrong-site surgery are evaluated. The role of interprofessional teams in improving patient care outcomes with the checklist as a vehicle is evaluated. Recommendations for the use of checklists and related methods in the ambulatory oral and maxillofacial surgery setting are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalOral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2017


  • Ambulatory oral surgery
  • Anesthesia care
  • Patient safety
  • Surgical checklists
  • Surgical training


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