Posted by Holly Haines on April 16, 2014
Leaving behind a surgical sponge after a procedure is a "never" event that happens with troubling frequency. According to the most recent data, there was approximately one "foreign object" case for every 5,500 operations from 2003 to 2006. Furthermore, an examination of malpractice settlements over a two-decade period found that sponge cases are common at a rate of roughly 2,024 claims per year.
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