Though surgeons may actually make mistakes while operating, they usually have an extensive support staff. Some of the nurses on this staff can and should take steps to keep common errors from happening in Pennsylvania. Below are a few ways they can do this:
1. Using computer systems, not handwritten notes. The problem is that handwriting that is legible to some people may not be legible to others. The surgeon could see an "R" that appears to be an "L", for instance, and do the surgery on the wrong site even though he or she read the note first.