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Journal Article

Improving safety in the operating room: a systematic literature review of retained surgical sponges.

Wan W, Le T, Riskin L, et al. Current opinion in anaesthesiology. 2009;22:207-14.

This review found that, on average, retained surgical sponges (gossypibomas) were not detected until almost 7 years after surgery. The risk factors for retained sponges were similar to those found in a prior study.