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January 01, 2003

One of the most promising new surgical procedures is performed with a felt-tip marker.

It's called "Sign Your Site," when surgeons sign their initials on the site where surgery should be performed as the patient watches and verifies. That way, there's less chance of operating on the wrong arm, hip, shoulder or knee. Orthopaedic surgeons are pushing to make it standard procedure, and you should too. After all, scalpels don't come with erasers. To learn more visit

Patient safety is no accident.

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