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Preoperative Signing of the Incision Site in Orthopaedic Surgery in Canada
Andrew Furey, MD; Craig Stone, MD, FRCS(C); Rod Martin, FRCS(C)
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Andrew Furey, MD
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 25 Wedgeport Road, St. John's, NF A1A 5A5, Canada. E-mail address: andrewfurey@hotmail.com

Craig Stone, MD, FRCS(C)
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Health Sciences Centre, Room 1827, 300 Prince Phillip Drive, St. John's, NF A1B 3V6, Canada. E-mail address: stonec@mun.ca

Rod Martin, FRCS(C)
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 342 Pennywell Road, St. John's, NF A1E 1V9, Canada. E-mail address: rmartin@mun.ca

The authors did not receive grants or outside funding in support of their research or preparation of this manuscript. They did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the authors are affiliated or associated.

J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2002 Jun 01;84(6):1066-1068
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Wrong-site surgery is an often catastrophic yet preventable problem. Reports of wrong-site surgery have been on the rise in the United States every year since 1995 1,2 . The number of reported cases has increased from sixteen in 1998 to fifty-eight at the time of writing in 2001. Eleven cases occurred in the month of November 2001 alone 1,2 . These increases are cause for grave concern.
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