Physician Practice

Tips to avoid getting tagged by TJC for unintended retained foreign objects

Medical Environment Update, August 1, 2018

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Patients continue to be stitched closed with surgical sponges, gloves, needles, electrodes, scalpels, wires, tweezers, forceps, scopes, masks, tubes, and scissors left inside them. To combat the problem, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses released updates to its Guideline for Prevention of Retained Surgical Items back in 2016.

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