A number of clinical negligence claims arise as a result of ‘retained surgical items’ (failure to remove medical tools claims). Surgical items such as sponges, swabs and other surgical instruments can be left in patients’ bodies following surgery and lead to serious injury such as infection resulting in sepsis (blood poisoning) and damage to internal organs. Surgical equipment should never be left inside a patient’s body. The most common reason for this type of error is lack of communication between the clinicians or inadequate checks at the end of the operation.
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