Patient safety in dermatologic surgery: Part I. Safety related to surgical procedures

Timothy J. Hansen, Margarita Lolis, David J. Goldberg, Deborah F. MacFarlane

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Surgical procedures involve unique elements related to patient safety. One must be aware of potential complications and safety issues within the practice of dermatologic surgery. Developing a high level of competence in skin surgery will address some safety issues, while implementing protocols and redundancies provides systems-based correction for other safety issues. We provide an in-depth review of patient safety in dermatologic surgery. In particular, we highlight the most common safety issues and methods for reducing error.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015



  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • dermatologic surgery
  • electrosurgery
  • office-based surgery
  • patient safety
  • skin cancer
  • wrong-site surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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