Patient Safety in Microvascular Plastic Surgery

Salih Colakoglu, Seth Tebockhorst, Tae W. Chong, David W. Mathes

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Patient safety is defined as freedom from accidental or preventable harm produced by medical care. The identification of patient- and procedure-related risk factors enables the surgical team to carry out prophylactic measures to reduce the rate of complications and adverse events. The purpose of this review is to identify the characteristics of patients, practitioners, and microvascular surgical procedures that place patients at risk for preventable harm, and to discuss evidence-based prevention practices that can potentially help to generate a culture of patient safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-639
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of reconstructive microsurgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • free flap
  • microsurgery
  • microvascular surgery
  • patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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