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Strategies to Prevent Retained Objects (OSM Jan.2016)

Aug 22,2016

While it seems to be a quiet subject, retained objects following surgical procedures continue to be an issue in hospital across North America.  According to Camille Harlan in "Strategies to Prevent Retained Objects," surgical items are left inside 4,500-6,000 patients a year (click for link).  Retained objects following surgery can lead to major complications and even death.  This is why it's so important to have a system in place to catch instances of retained objects, and prevent cases from occurring in the future.  We have designed a Count Board Checklist specifically for instances such as this (click for count board template).  Our Count Board was designed to be displayed in the OR and provides medical professionals the opportunity to record the number of various instruments, before and after surgery.