What are the common causes of wrong site surgery?

Neglecting to follow the universal protocol for patient safety during surgery is the main factor contributing to wrong site surgery. The universal protocol was established to create a series of safety checks that every surgical team should follow to prevent surgical errors.

Wrong site surgery can occur when the surgical team fail to meet before the procedure and verify: the patient identity, the procedure to be performed and the exact location where the surgery is to take place on the patients' body.