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Two Cases of Retained Vaginal Packing: When Writing an Order is Not Enough
Spotlight Case
Verna Gibbs, MD ,  

Two separate patients undergoing urogynecologic procedures were discharged from the hospital with vaginal packing unintentionally left in the vagina. Both cases are representative of the challenges of identifying and preventing retained orifice packing, the critical role of clear handoff communication, and the need for organizational cultures which encourage health care providers to communicate and collaborate with each other to optimize patient safety.

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