During surgery, both sponges and surgical instruments serve extremely important purposes. Obviously, however, none of these are meant to stay in the patient’s body after the surgery is complete. Unfortunately, this occurs with some frequency, with serious consequences.
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Pursuing Justice When Basic Surgical Procedures Are Miscarried
Items that are left in surgery patients can cause significant pain and increase the risk of post-surgical infection. Sharp instruments are particularly dangerous because of the risk of organ puncture. In some cases, foreign bodies go undetected for months and even years.
While many surgical injuries are a result of normal and acceptable risks, there is no excuse whatsoever for leaving foreign bodies in a patient, and the medical profession recognizes this.
One of the most basic rules of surgery is that, at the beginning and end of every surgical procedure, the sponges and instruments must be carefully counted.
These counts are primarily the responsibility of the scrub nurse and the surgical technician, but the surgeon is also responsible for overseeing the process. All of these parties, and the hospital where the surgery is performed, can be held accountable for retained foreign bodies.
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If you have suffered serious harm or someone close to you has died as a result of a retained foreign body, we can help. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact today. You will not pay any attorneys fees unless our firm helps you recover compensation.