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Avoidable harm: a blind spot in checking patient consent for surgery

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 07 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4065
  1. Bhaskar Saha, consultant anaesthetist,
  2. Khaled Mohamed Hassan, specialty and associate specialist in intensive care
  1. Royal Oldham Hospital, Oldham OL1 2JH, UK
  1. bhaskar.saha{at}

Donaldson and colleagues discuss avoidable harm in healthcare.1 The system of developing patient safety is ever evolving, and adoption of the World Health Organization checklist has helped reduce patient harm, but as perioperative physicians we think there is a major blind spot in our theatre systems.

In March 2019 a …

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