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Uh-oh at Women and Infants

November 12, 2010

Turns out it’s not just Rhode Island Hospital that accidentally leaves objects inside surgery patients.

The Department of Health tells The Pulse that it’s investigating the case of a sponge left inside of a patient at Women and Infants.  The hospital self reported the incident on September 30th.

Women and Infants says it won’t comment on the error until the investigation is over.

Again, some context- sponges are the most common objects doctors  leave inside patients.  A New England Journal of Medicine study found sponges make up  nearly 70 percent of so called “retained foreign objects.”

According to DOH, there were at least 5 incidences with forgotten sponges over the past 5 years in Rhode Island.

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