Does anyone know „where the surgical sponge is“ – these are not usually words of a surgeon, but unfortunately individual cases from routine clinical practice suggest they can be. Estimates indicate that one in 18 760 unintentionally operations results in a utensil remaining in the patient’s body. The range is impressive, and shows that there probably is no reliable data and a large amount of unreported cases.
U.S. insurance companies are even assuming that every 1,500 operations result in something being forgotten. Two studies from the past decade show that in up to 68% of these cases, foams, abdominal swabs and dressings that were applied have remained.
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