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Inadvertent transfer of surgical skin marking could potentiate wrong site surgery
  1. Jia Yu Ng,
  2. Richard Stirling
  1. Ophthalmology Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jia Yu Ng, Ophthalmology Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darmellington Road, Darlington, County Durham DL3 6HX, UK; jiang{at}

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Wrong site surgery (WSS) is a preventable but serious error. It is well accepted that preoperative marking is a fundamental part of the preoperative verification process to prevent devastating incident of WSS.1 For this purpose, WHO guidelines for safe surgery recommend that the site of surgery should be marked with permanent felt-tip marker prior to …

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  • Contributors JYN and RS have both contributed in writing and technical editing of the manuscript.

  • The authors have read the manuscript and have approved this submission.

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