Sponges and incorrect sponge count: Minor contributions to the process of detecting retained foreign bodies.


Background: Postoperative retained foreign bodies [RFBs] can be a serious event, but they are rare. The x-ray is the current gold standard to detect RFBs. There has been scant research on the process of detection as opposed to the consequence of RFBs. Surgical sponges incorporating automatic data identity capture technology (radiofrequency tags, barcodes… (More)