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Medical Instruments Left In Body After Procedure

According to research, losing medical instruments in a patient accounts for approximately half of all medical mistakes. It has been approximated that 50 million operations are done each year in the U.S., translating to one medical mistake every 12,248 procedures. Medical mistakes are rare, but do happen on occasion. The medical malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. realize the complications a medical mistake can have on you and your family. We represent clients who have suffered injuries due to surgical sponges and other medical instruments that have been left inside their body after a surgery or procedure. As a precautionary, our attorneys recommend that you research a facility and their doctors track records on medical mistakes to prevent an incident like this from happening again.

Common Medical Instruments Left Behind After Surgery

Some of the most common medical instruments left behind in the patient’s body after surgery includes:

  • Sponges
  • Needles
  • Gauze
  • Towels
  • Cotton balls

Out of these medical instruments, sponges are the most common instrument to be left behind. According to the National Practitioner Data Bank, it is because sponges are the hardest to track. Nurses, frequently use the counting in and counting out method, but usually fails resulting in medical mistakes. However, newer technologies that use bar-coding or radio frequency identification chips are making it easier to track the sponges and find them if they get misplaced.

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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits For Medical Instruments Left In The Body

After every surgery, the surgical staff is required to perform a specific count of each and very sponge and instrument used in the surgery before closing and stitching up the patient. Therefore, any sponge or instrument left in the body after the procedure is the result of the failure to perform an accurate count. This, of course, is negligence and a medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed.

Contact Your Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today

Individuals injured due to a medical instrument being left in the body after a surgery or procedure should contact the Michigan medical malpractice injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case.  We will start working on your case immediately, gathering all the medical records and evidence to prove and win your case.