lost instruments in patient - page 2

Has anyone experienced this before? Jan. 15, 2003 | BOSTON (AP) -- Surgical teams accidentally leave clamps, sponges and other tools inside about 1,500 patients nationwide each year,... Read More

  1. by   chartleypj
    yes,

    It happened well before the advent of intraoperative instrument counts. It was an intensely stressful situation, though I was not an active participant in the procedure.

    Paula
  2. by   flowerchild
    I have personally had my own experience with sponges left in me! Yikes and Yuck! I didn't sue. I was just grossed out by the whole thing at the time.
  3. by   canoehead
    I've heard of a woman going through an airport metal detector and finding out she had some spare metal left inside. MAybe every OR should get one of those handheld jobbies and run it over the pt before they leave.
  4. by   caroladybelle
    Worked with a surgeon - he did a followup on a patient - she had had an abdominal surgery 8 monthes previously, by a different MD - had been having abdominal pain since - when she went the original surgeon, he claimed that the pain was due to PID/ an STD and kept treating her with ABs.

    She went on a carnaval ride, experienced severe pain - came to the second surgeon - he did an abdominal series - she left the office to go to work - when she got there - the MD had called to have her come back to the office. The local news papers got a kick out printing the xray of a large clamp left in her abdomen.

    OOOOPPPPS.
  5. by   MissdonditaBsn
    Had a patient several years ago who had abdominal surgery, she was complaining of severe abdominal pain and her urine ourput was dropping. She went to to radiology for an IVP and we get all call from radiology that they are sending the patient back up because they can't complete the IVP because there is a pair of hemostats clamped on something and the dye won't pass.

    The surgeon's attitude was just oh well. I don't even think that the patient was fully aware of why she had to go back to surgery.
  6. by   AIS52
    About 30+ years ago my uncle was living in the far reaches of Northern Canada when his appy ruptured late one night. The only doctor for hundreds of miles was drunk and left several instruments and sponges inside him. To this day you can still see quite clearly the incision and where every suture was placed. It's pretty gross really and he has no muscle tone in his abs.
  7. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by canoehead
    I've heard of a woman going through an airport metal detector and finding out she had some spare metal left inside. MAybe every OR should get one of those handheld jobbies and run it over the pt before they leave.
    That was just recently in Canada...turns out it was a 12 inch retractor. I agree on the hand held machine, but what if they have staples? Will that give it a false read???

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