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Catherine Y. Lau, S. Ryan Greysen, Rita I. Mistry, Seunggu J. Han, Praveen V. Mummaneni and Mitchel S. Berger

the checklist. Although no wrong-site or wrong-side surgeries were reported in their study, a recent national survey of neurosurgeons reveals an otherwise troubling trend. Twenty-five percent of surveyed neurosurgeons reported making an incision on the wrong side of the head, and 35% reported wrong-level lumbar surgical procedures during their career. 11 In addition, the operative checklist that was implemented in the Mayo Clinic study did not address any concerns specific to neurological surgery and did not explicitly encourage open communication practices among