Enlightens the reader as to the potential risks associated with oral mucosal biopsies.
Demonstrate methods to mitigate the potential risks associated with oral mucosal biopsies.
Recommends review of biopsy safety.
The development and implementation of a biopsy safety strategy is described in this article. Analysis of previous adverse incidents relating to biopsies acted as a catalyst to review our biopsy pathway at Liverpool University Dental Hospital. Input from all staff involved enabled us to develop a biopsy safety strategy which was divided into five stages: preoperative assessment of patient and procedure, team briefings, biopsy surgical safety checklist, surgical removal and handling of biopsy specimens, and post-biopsy follow-up. It is hoped that other clinical teams will take the opportunity to review their own biopsy processes, in the light of our experience.
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The authors would like to thank the following members of staff for their advice and support in writing this paper:
Asterios Triantafyllou – Honorary Consultant/ Senior Lecturer in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool University Dental Hospital
Avril Macpherson – Clinical Director/ Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Special Care Dentistry, Liverpool University Dental Hospital
Margaret Titherington – Matron, RDN, Liverpool University Dental Hospital
Carla Sudell – Medical Secretary, Liverpool University Dental Hospital
All staff within the Oral Medicine Department at Liverpool University Dental Hospital
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Finn, D., Rajlawat, B., Holt, D. et al. The development and implementation of a biopsy safety strategy for oral medicine. Br Dent J 223, 667–673 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2017.885
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