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Woman’s Pain Mystery Solved When Surgical Tool Found Inside Her

Doctors remove surgical scissors 18 years after being left inside patient's stomach A pair of scissors has been removed from the stomach of a Vietnamese man, 18 years after they were left inside during an operation

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Doctors remove surgical scissors 18 years after being left inside patient's stomach

A pair of scissors has been removed from the stomach of a Vietnamese man, 18 years after they were left inside during an operation.



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Podiatry Clinic Steps Into RFID for Tool Tracking

The Surgical Safety Scanner system enables Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Specialists to reduce tool-counting times, prevent the loss of medical instruments, and identify which tools were used in surgery and sterilized—as well as when this occurred.

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The Complex and Indispensable Requirements for Instrument Reprocessing

One of the most common questions related to the sterile processing department (SPD) is this little gem, asked by surgeons, nurses and scrub techs: why does it take so long to get our sets up to the operating room (OR)? The demand for faster turn-around of surgical instruments is constantly hampered by a number of time-related challenges.

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Best Practices for Loaner Surgical Instruments

Loaner Instruments – are instruments the facility did not purchase. They are most often are used for specialty type surgery (e.g. spinal, total joint). It is difficult for facilities to inventory these specialty types of instruments due to the routine changes in sets and the variety of devices. Therefore companies loan them to healthcare facilities. Sometimes sets are left at the facility as loaners.


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Assessing the Magnitude and Costs of Intraoperative Inefficiencies Attributable to Surgical Instrument Trays

Given the increasing scrutiny of health care expenditures,there is a growing body of literature assessing the efficiency of operating rooms and their impact on the delivery of patient care, physician satisfaction, and the hospital’s bottom line.


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Woman sues California hospital, claims physicians left 8-inch forceps inside her after surgery

A 52-year-old California woman is suing Redding, Calif.-based Shasta Regional Medical Center after physicians allegedly left an 8-inch long surgical tool inside her after surgery, reports WBIR Channel 10.

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