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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Staff & Patient Safety - October 2017

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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4 2 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 W hat does it feel like to be connected to a case that results in a retained surgical item? It can rock a nurse to the core. A couple of years ago, I sent an email to about 150 surgical nurses in my hos- pital. I said, If you've ever been involved in a retained-item event and are willing to talk about it, I'd like to hear from you. More than 20 nurses came forward with sto- ries, many based on expe- riences elsewhere. The words they used were heartbreaking. Even if the event had nothing to The Horror and Heartbreak Of a Retained Object Nurses with firsthand experience of retained surgical items carry deep emotional scars. Denice Morrison, RN, MSN, CNOR | Kansas City, Mo. FULL COUNT Retained objects should never hap- pen, but prevention requires time and attention. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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