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The AHRQ PSNet Collection comprises an extensive selection of resources relevant to the patient safety community. These resources come in a variety of formats, including literature, research, tools, and Web sites. Resources are identified using the National Library of Medicine’s Medline database, various news and content aggregators, and the expertise of the AHRQ PSNet editorial and technical teams.

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Steelman VM, Thenuwara K, Shaw C, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2019;45:81-90.
This retrospective review examines incidents of retained guidewires reported to The Joint Commission. Researchers identified numerous contributing factors to these events, most frequently relating to human factors, leadership, and communication. The authors conclude that multicomponent strategies to prevent incidents involving retained foreign objects are needed.
Steelman VM, Shaw C, Shine L, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2019;45:249-258.
An unintentionally retained foreign object during a surgery or a procedure is considered a never event and can result in significant patient harm. Researchers retrospectively reviewed 308 events involving unintentionally retained foreign objects that were reported to The Joint Commission to better characterize these events, determine the impact on the patient, identify contributing factors, and make recommendations for improving safety.
Steelman VM, Schaapveld AG, Perkhounkova Y, et al. AORN J. 2015;102:498-506.
Retained foreign objects after surgical procedures are considered a never event. The traditional method of preventing such incidents is the count—manually tracking and reconciling the number of sponges and instruments used during the procedure. Prior studies have shown counting to be inaccurate and an inadequate method of preventing retained foreign objects. This study analyzed the costs associated with manual counts at an academic medical center and found that this resulted in a total annual cost of more than $200,000, most of which was attributable to unavailability of the operating room. At this hospital, there were 212 incorrect counts (potential retained foreign objects) over a 9-month period. Given that manual counting is questionably effective at best, the fact that it is associated with worsened efficiency and increased costs may prompt use of newer methods to prevent retained foreign objects.