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Guideline for prevention of retained surgical items.

Putnam K. Guideline for prevention of retained surgical items. AORN J. 2015;102(6):P11-P13.

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January 20, 2016
Putnam K. AORN J. 2015;102(6):P11-P13.

Retained surgical items are considered a sentinel event in perioperative care. This guideline suggests strategies such as improving team communication, standardizing protocols for surgical counts, and limiting distractions to address this persisting problem.