[Retained foreign bodies from the surgical point of view].

  title={[Retained foreign bodies from the surgical point of view].},
  author={Klaus Schoenleben and Anja Strobel and Frank Sch{\"o}nleben and Aline Hoffmann},
  journal={Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift fur alle Gebiete der operativen Medizen},
  volume={78 1},
The number of foreign bodies remaining in the patient after a surgical procedure is presumably higher than mentioned in the literature. According to US insurance statistics, the incidence amounts to 1 in 1,500 surgical procedures. As a basic principle--also from the legal aspect--it is necessary to determine whether a foreign body was left in situ accidentally (i.e. due to a material fault) or if it was simply forgotten. In 70% of cases, fabric items (e.g. swabs etc.) are left behind, while… CONTINUE READING