Retained Objects from Surgeries
Johnson City Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Lawyers at the Haynes Firm have handled a variety of cases involving the
failure to remove surgical items used in surgery from the patient’s
body prior to closing. Retained surgical items are considered medical
error and have the potential to cause grave consequences for the patient.
The most common retained objects from surgery are sponges or pads used
in a variety of applications during surgery. While sponges can be small
and difficult to keep up with in a messy surgery, medical professional
nonetheless must be vigilant to ensure that any sponge that goes in, comes
out. While sponges are the most common item left in patients, incredibly,
other items such as hemostats, tubing, needles, and other items have been
left in patients. Retained surgical items can cause death, physical and
emotional harm, and long-term complications.
According to the Joint Commission’s sentinel event database, the
most common causes of these incidents are:
- Absence of policies and procedures
- Failure to comply with existing policies and procedures
- Problems with hierarchy and intimidation
- Failure in communication with Physicians
- Failure of staff to communicate relevant patient information
- Inadequate or incomplete education of staff 
Proving Negligence in Your Case
Most people would assume that these are “open and shut” cases.
And it is true that proving negligence in cases involving retained surgical
items is usually much easier than in most malpractice cases. But sometimes
it can be difficult to prove the injury the patient experienced was a
result of the retained item as opposed to an underlying issue or other
non-negligent cause. And Tennessee Healthcare liability laws really require
the use of one or more experts to prove a violation of the standard of
care and any injuries suffered as a result.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in prosecuting cases involving injuries
to patients from retained surgical items.
As with other
malpractice cases, you should choose an attorney with extensive experience in handling malpractice
cases to handle your retained surgical item case.
CHOOSE THE ADVOCACY OF THE HAYNES FIRM
If you or a loved one has been injured due to another’s a retained
surgical item or another form of negligent care, do not wait to contact
an attorney. You have a very limited time in Tennessee within which to
initiate a case. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case,
contact The Haynes Firm immediately. (423).829.2638
 Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 51, October 17, 2013.