List of “Never-Events” Aims to Ensure Patient Safety

The checklist – which includes failing to note patients’ allergies and not screening for mouth cancers during check-ups – is the first international agreement of its type in dentistry. The experts say it could be a major step forward in improving patient wellbeing across the globe.

Monitoring these events will allow clinicians to quickly identify serious errors in procedure and could enable health authorities to monitor dentists’ performance, researchers say.

The consensus refers to so-called never events – failures so severe that they should not happen under any circumstances when correct procedures are followed.

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