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Preventing Retention of Surgical Items 
Preventing Retention of Foreign Objects 

Surgical items such as sponges, sharps, and instruments may be retained following surgery and lead to serious patient harm. Prevention of retained foreign objects, now commonly referred to as retained surgical items (RSIs), requires application of a multidisciplinary, consistent approach utilizing current best practices. Since publication of the June 2009 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory addressing this topic, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses has published additional guidance for the prevention of RSIs. Authority reports, discussed anew in a March 2017 Advisory article, suggest that RSI prevention remains a challenge and that continued diligence in RSI prevention efforts is essential.

 

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