Instruments left inside patients

23rd March 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Operation room personnel at hospitals fail to check adequately whether instruments or bandages have been left in the body of a patient after an operation. Employees of the Catharina hospital in EIndhoven and the University hospital in Maatricht have concluded this in an article in the medical journal Medisch Contact on Friday.

23 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – Operation room personnel at hospitals fail to check adequately whether instruments or bandages have been left in the body of a patient after an operation. Employees of the Catharina hospital in EIndhoven and the University hospital in Maatricht have concluded this in an article in the medical journal Medisch Contact on Friday.

They say there is much negligence and carelessness. Even if there are hospital protocols in place that require that the materials used be counted before and after an operation, these protocols are not always adhered to. This puts patients' health at serious risk, the researchers say.

About a third (28 percent) of the hospitals have protocols for counting instruments. The researchers say that it has emerged that the small instruments are often counted, but the large clamps are forgotten and regularly left inside patients.

93 percent of hospitals have a procedure for counting bandages, but only 5 percent have explicit rules for checking that the needles used for stitches are accounted for after a procedure.

The researchers argue that one assistant at each operation should be made responsible for checking whether all the materials and instruments used are accounted for afterwards.

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