In rare cases, stray tools found in surgery patients
Hartford Courant, April 22, 2009
The surgery was meant to take out the patient's gallbladder, but when the patient was sewn up a 13-inch medical instrument was left behind. Operating room staff typically count sponges, sharp objects and instruments three times during and after surgery, but in this case, which occurred in January at Hartford Hospital, the final instrument count took place before the patient's incision was fully closed. The case, cited in a report by Connecticut regulators, reflected a rare but potentially severe operating room occurrence: leaving objects in patients after surgery.
- CMS Sets 2014 Pay Rates for Hospital Outpatient and Physician Services
- FDA hopes hospitals will switch to newly regulated pharmacies
- The 5 Biggest Healthcare Finance Trouble Spots
- Not-for-Profit Hospitals Find Opportunity Amid Uncertainty
- The Most Polarizing Topics in Healthcare IT
- Why You Should Involve Patients in Nursing Handoffs
- How CPOE Will Make Healthcare Smarter
- Nonprofit Hospital Outlook 'Negative' in 2014
- States Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Forgo Billions in Federal Funds
- Are ACOs Really Different from HMOs?