Journal Article

Retained foreign bodies: risk and outcomes at the national level.

Al-Qurayshi ZH; Hauch AT; Slakey DP; Kandil E.

Leaving a surgical item behind after a procedure is a never event. This retrospective cross-sectional study sought to identify risk factors and outcomes of retained foreign bodies. Nearly one-third of incidents involving retained foreign objects were reported after gastrointestinal procedures. Risk of retained surgical items was highest in teaching hospitals.