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Natural history of retained surgical items supports the need for team training, early recognition, and prompt retrieval.

Stawicki P, Cook CH, Anderson HL, et al. American journal of surgery. 2014;208:65-72.

In this retrospective analysis, most instances of unintentionally retained foreign objects were due to team errors, highlighting the importance of effective teamwork training. Errors attributed to individual actions accounted for less than 10% of cases.