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Shocking News about Requirements for Reporting Retained Surgical Instruments

Posted on Jul 08, 2012

Many people think that a surgeon is required to state in the operation report whether or not a surgical item was broken off or simply left inside a patient’s body. Unfortunately, this is a mistaken belief. There are no mandatory reporting requirements in operative reports about such retained surgical item incidents in many states. If a patient suffers complications, it’s basically a hide & seek game.