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J U L Y 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 4 7 L ike counting a deck of cards and getting 53 when there are really 52, most incidents of retained objects occur as a result of a miscount — a count documented as correct when, in fact, it was off. There's no shortage of explanations and excuses for miscounts: distraction, excess noise, time pressures, or trying to remember and count at the same time. SURGICAL ERRORS You Can't Count On Counts Alone • SAFETY IN CERTAINTY Retained surgical items occur regardless of whether the manual counts were correct, affirming the need for a verification process with adjunctive detection technology. Dan O'Connor Editor-in-Chief Preventing retained objects not as easy as 1-2-3.

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