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Journal Article

Surgical count process for prevention of retained surgical items: an integrative review.

Freitas PS, Silveira RC de CP, Clark AM, et al. Journal of clinical nursing. 2016;25:1835-47.

Retained surgical items are considered a never event, but they continue to occur. Summarizing the evidence on surgical counts, this review explores risk factors, current processes, and technology solutions to determine best practices for perioperative nurses to prevent instances of retained surgical items.