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M A R C H 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 8 1 A cannula fragment was discovered in a patient's knee 6 years after his arthroscopy. A surgical sponge was found lodged in a patient's abdomen 4 years after her hysterectomy. A gastric band was detected during a sleeve gastrectomy conversion. Every year, an estimat- ed 4,500 to 6,000 cases of retained surgical items are reported in the United States: soft goods, sharps, instruments and small miscella- neous items. The manual counting of surgical sponges, sharps and instruments is susceptible to human error; that's why we haven't been able to elimi- Define the roles and responsibilities each team member has in the counting process. Mary C. Fearon, MSN, RN, CNOR | Denver, Colo. • LOST AND FOUND X-ray detectable sponges are sometimes easier to spot in the surgical wound. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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