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Retained Surgical Foreign Bodies After Surgery


Watch this video below to learn what occurs after there’s been retained surgical foreign bodies after surgery and foreign body retention.


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Video Transcript

0:00 Retained Surgical Foreign Bodies After Surgery: Intro
0:24 Retained Foreign Bodies – Retained Surgical Bodies (RSBs)
0:59 Foreign Body Retention: Preventable Negligence

One of the common kinds of negligence that can occur and does occur in the operating room is that the doctors and nurses use various instruments. 

0:24 Retained Foreign Bodies – Retained Surgical Bodies (RSBs)

One thing that happens of course is that you don’t want to leave one of those instruments in the body when operating. You don’t want to leave a  pad or a sponge inside the abdomen or inside the chest or inside the skull. When you close the incision, you want to remove all of those things. Those things were not intended to stay in the abdominal or chest cavities, and it’s the responsibility of the doctors and the nurses to remove every single one that they put in.

0:59 Foreign Body Retention: Preventable Negligence

All too often, that does not happen. They leave behind a clamp or a forceps or scissors or a scalpel or a sponge, and those can cause injuries. They erode the surrounding tissue when this occurs. It’s always preventable. It should never happen. 

It’s clearly negligent and the patients always suffer substantial injuries and sometimes death as a result.

Medical negligence is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, and many of these deaths occur during surgery and in the period immediately following surgery. Hospitals are busy places, and many doctors have too many patients to truly spend quality time following up with each one. Far too often, patients get shuttled to the side after a surgery, where they are not properly monitored for possible complications.

At LawMD, we help victims of postoperative negligence. Our medical malpractice lawyers, many of whom are also licensed medical professionals, assist families who have lost a loved one due to a hospital’s negligence or a doctor’s mistake before or after surgery. Our clients trust us to help them get the compensation and closure they deserve after a postoperative error.



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