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Documenting an in/out implant

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Our facility has come across questions regarding how and where to document implants that are in and out. Implants are all listed under the implant section as well as on the implant log that contains a column for in/out. The question is, should the implants that are removed "out" also be documented under the explant section of the chart? 

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We document "in and out" next to the implant, sizer, screw, etc that does not remain in the patient if it was newly placed in the patient and does not remain in the patient. We do this not only for tracking and charging purposes but also for reordering purposes. Implants that are removed, that was in the patient prior to procedure starting, I put under specimen as "gross". 

 

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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If it's the current surgery and the patient doesn't leave the OR with it in place, we document it as wasted. There's a comment box we can use for why (trial pin, incorrect size, etc.)

If it's from a previous surgery, then we utilize the explant option to remove it from the patient's record. That way, if there's any recalls at a later date, this patient won't receive the call/letter as they no longer have the implant. We also send to pathology for gross only if requested by surgeon or for device failur and document in our specimen area.

Example for an explant: cardiac patient left the OR with sternal wires (considered an implant at my facility). The following day, the patient returns for a reexploration due to bleeding. The previous day's sternal wires are cut and disposed of. The nurse goes into the implant section, chooses explant option, and selects the wires that were implanted the day before. Surgeon does not request they be sent and it isn't a device failure issue, so wires are disposed of as sharps.

Example for a waste: orthopedic patient for ORIF. Implant 14mm screw. X-ray shows screw is not long enough. Screw removed, replaced with 16mm screw. We would document that 14mm screw as a waste and the 16mm screw as an implant.

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