surgical count


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surgical count

Counting the exact number of sponges, instruments, and other materials before, during, and after an operation in order to reduce the likelihood of leaving an object inside a body cavity.
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Woodhead (2009) contributes further by reinforcing that the surgical count is as yet not compulsory by law.
* Separate surgical counts: Ensuring surgical counts for each surgical component is correct before moving on to next surgical area or cavity to prevent surgical item retention.
Incorrect surgical counts remain a common occurrence, with incidence estimates reported to be as high as 25%.
For the purposes of this article, the author has elected to write about one particular aspect of the Safe Surgery Saves Lives surgical checklist, the surgical count. Many elements of the checklist are already commonly practised in UK operating theatres--although others will be challenging to implement.