Dutch inspectors slam standards of preoperative care

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:496
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Serious shortcomings in preoperative care in the Netherlands are putting patients in danger, a report from the Netherlands Health Care Inspectorate says this week.

    The inspectorate, the government body charged with maintaining safety, regularly receives reports of errors relating to preoperative care, so it decided to investigate all the 94 hospitals in the Netherlands.

    Its report, Preoperatief Traject (Preoperative Process), asks whether the information needed for responsible treatment is reliable and accessible to staff, and it answers “No.”

    The report says that half of the serious complications in general surgery are avoidable. Examples it cites include a patient with a fractured hip who underwent an operation for a stomach complaint, a …

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