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Sentinel Event Alert Issue 51: Preventing unintended retained foreign objects

October 17, 2013

SEA_51_urfoThe unintended retention of foreign objects (URFOs) – also called retained surgical items (RSIs) – after invasive procedures can cause death, and surviving patients may sustain both physical and emotional harm, depending on the type of object retained and the length of time it is retained. There may be an extended time frame between occurrence and detection of an URFO. Retained foreign objects are most commonly detected immediately post-procedure; by X-ray; during routine follow-up visits; or from the patient’s report of pain or discomfort. 

Replay of the Webinar on Unitended Retained Foreign Objects
November 22, 2013

From Mayo Clinic Rochester

  • Robert R. Cima, M.D. professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, and consultant surgeon, Colon-Rectal Surgery
  • Cheryl A. Weisbrod, M.S.N., R.N., nurse administrator, Department of Nursing, Division of Surgical Services
  • James D. Clark, M.S.N., R.N., nursing education specialist, Department of Nursing, Division of Surgical Services

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