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Surgical items left behind in patients

Posted on May 1, 2015 10:17 am under Medical Malpractice

Incidents of unintentionally leaving surgical items inside a patient’s body are indeed disastrous. It may significantly harm a person and may even cause him or her to suffer from permanent injury. In some cases, retained surgical items may ultimately result in wrongful death.

Sponges are considered the items most commonly left inside a patient’s body during a procedure. Other medical instruments and miscellaneous items that could be left behind are:

  • Broken parts of medical instruments
  • Needles
  • Stapler parts
  • Surgical instruments, such as clamps, dilators, retractors, scalpels, and graspers

Retained instruments are left behind by surgeons who are either reckless enough to do damage or too inexperienced to safely handle medical procedures. If you have suffered from a retained surgical item or from any other damages brought about by negligent medical care, consult with us at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn more about your eligibility to file a case. Call our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 today.