4 complications associated with retained surgical sponges

by Cohen Bodo

Below view of surgeonsAmericans who are going in for a surgical procedure may leave the operating room with more than they bargained for. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that surgeons leave foreign objects within patients’ surgical sites more than 4,000 times every year. More than two-thirds of all retained foreign objects are gauze-like sponges that surgeons use to control blood loss during surgery. These surgical sponges can cause a significant amount of internal damage and even death to unsuspecting patients, as any medical malpractice attorney Lake County knows. The most common complications associated with these preventable surgical errors include:

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