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Steelman Discusses the ‘Hidden Costs of Reconciling Surgical Sponge Counts’ with General Surgery News

Victoria Steelman

Victoria Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN, assistant professor at UI’s College of Nursing and author of a recent study on retained surgical items, recently commented on the methodology a Level 1 trauma center used to rule out retained sponges, including the cost associated with those practices.

In the article, Steelman stated:

“The processes that are used rely heavily on the surgical count, which involves ongoing management of the sponges during surgery, and is subject to many potential failures,” said investigator Victoria M. Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN, an assistant professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, in Iowa City, and immediate past president of AORN.

“The causes of these potential failures include multitasking, distraction and emergent nature of work, which are very difficult to control. Adjunct technology is available to assist with preventing retained surgical sponges, but it does cost more for the sponges. When considering the costs, it is important to look at cost avoidance and the hidden costs of current practices,” she said.


›› Click here to read the full article by Paul Bufano in General Surgery News

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Jun 25th, 2015