Study Reveals Hidden Costs of Reconciling Surgical Sponge Counts
General Surgery News reports on the latest retained surgical sponge (RSS) study, which is helping clinicians understand the risks, inefficiencies, and financial costs of preventing RSS without adjunct technology. The study's principal author and past AORN president, Dr. Victoria Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN, shares her findings and conclusions.view the full feature
Still Too Many Never Events
A Systematic Review of Surgical Never Events published in the June issue of JAMA estimates 5,000 retained surgical items annually. Outpatient Surgery reports on they new study's data and its ultimate call-to-action of enhancing patient safety through greater focus on what's causing RSIs and how the high incidence of never events can be reduced.view the full feature
How safe is your OR? 8 things to consider
Becker's ASC Review, by Emily Rappleye
Becker's Infection Control and Clinical Quality section reports that with foreign objects being left behind 39 times per week and wrong site surgery occurring at a rate of 20 times per week, "patient safety in the operating room is still not as good as it should be".
Object Left Inside Woman For Years After Surgery
CBS Chicago, by Dave Sabini
CBS Chicago reports on objects left inside of patients during surgery – a mistake that may lead to years of undiagnosed pain for the patient-- a mistake that is becoming more common. The report cites a 49% increase in retained surgical items in Illinois between 2009 and 2013, and consults Joint Commission Officer Dr. Ronald Wyatt, who speaks further on the vast under-reporting of RSIs in the US today, an event that he describes to be occurring up to 4,000 times a year.
Beware of Medical Sponges Left In Your Body After Surgery
Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me", by Dan Riskin
Medical sponges left in your body after surgery can be deadly. Each year as many as 6,000 patients have medical equipment left in their body after surgery. Up to 35% of those with sponges left in their body will die.
Top 10 sentinel events for first half of 2014
ASC Accreditation and Patient Safety, by Ellie Rizzo
The most frequent sentinel event reported to the Joint Commission in the first two quarters of 2014 is unintended retention of a foreign body.
The Joint Commission has reviewed a total of 394 sentinel events so far in 2014. Here are the top 10 sentinel events the organization has reviewed between January and June 2014, based on the number of occurrences.
CMS Makes Hospital Mistake Data Publicly Available
USA TODAY, by Jayne O'Donnell
Federal regulators are reversing course and will resume publicly releasing data on hospital mistakes, including when foreign objects are left in patients' bodies or people get the wrong blood type.
Which item is most often left inside a surgical patient?
Becker's ASC Review, by Ellie Rizzo
The item most often left inside surgical patients, according to an article published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, is the surgical sponge, often difficult to see once soaked in blood and pushed inside of a body cavity.