Making your surgery safer
When a patient is being prepared for an operation a number of checks will be varied out by various members of the surgical team to help make sure that the correct operation is carried out on the correct part of the patient's body.
How you can help
It is very rare for a surgeon to operate in the wrong place. But there are things you can do to be on the safe side.
Make sure you know what operation you are having and which part of your body needs operating on. Check that the marks your surgeon makes are in the right place. You may want to ask a family member or friend to check this too.
If you are not sure, or think the marks may be wrong tell someone. The surgeon, doctor or nurse should be happy to double check for you.
You will probably be asked quite a few times to say which part of your body should be operated on. Try to be patient with the people asking you. Checking several times is done to avoid mistakes that could harm you.