Surgical Objects Accidentally Left Inside 1500 Patients A Year

Surgical Objects Accidentally Left Inside 1500 Patients A Year

“When there is significant bleeding and a sponge is placed in a patient, it can sometimes look indistinguishable from the tissue around it,” said Dr. Steven DeJong, vice chair, department of surgery, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill. “Unintentional retained sponges and instruments is a devastating complication for patients and is a national problem affecting every hospital in the country that performs invasive and surgical procedures.”

Loyola has developed a new way to track sponges. It uses a bar code reader and a unique bar code on each sponge.