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Retained Items (Sponges, Instruments) After Surgery Risk Factors

Purpose:

To identify factors associated with an increased risk of surgical items being retained after surgery.

Specialty:

General content (available to all)

Objective:

risk factors, adverse effects, prevention, surgery

ICD-10:

Y61.0

Description:

The presence of certain risk factors can help identify a surgical patient who is more likely to have a retained sponge or instrument after surgery. A patient with one or more of these risk factors should be more closely monitored for signs that may be due to a retained surgical item. The authors are from Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.

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