Journal Article

Hospital and procedure incidence of pediatric retained surgical items.

Wang B, Tashiro J, Perez EA, et al. The Journal of surgical research. 2015;198:400-5.

Retained surgical items are classified as never events, but they continue to occur. This secondary data analysis established a decrease in these events overall after introduction of the World Health Organization's Guidelines for Safe Surgery, though rates did increase for gastric surgeries such as fundoplications. These results demonstrate the need to maintain focus on these preventable, well-studied adverse events.