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Train residents to prevent incidences of retained surgical items

Residency Program Alert, August 23, 2018

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Two years ago, The Joint Commission released a "Quick Safety" report on unintended retained foreign objects. That report was meant to build upon the information in The Joint Commission’s 2013 Sentinel Event Alert 51, which also addressed RSIs.

Despite that, RSIs still topped The Joint Commission’s 2017 sentinel event statistics. Patients continue to be stitched closed with surgical sponges, gloves, needles, electrodes, scalpels, wires, tweezers, forceps, scopes, masks, tubes, and scissors left inside them. So what can the hundreds of surgery programs training the next generation of surgeons do to help reduce the incidences of RSIs?

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