Joint Commission report documents foreign objects left in patients

Since 2005, 772 cases have been recorded of surgical implements being left inside patients after wound closure, including 16 deaths, the Joint Commission said. Among the main factors contributing to these errors were lack of policies and poor doctor-staff communication, the watchdog said. In an alert, the group called for hospitals and ambulatory care centers to enhance counting protocols and other preventive measures.

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