December 1, 2008

Minnesota’s retained object protocol

By: OR Manager

A work group of Minnesota hospitals and health systems has developed a step-by-step protocol for preventing retained foreign objects. The protocol includes a detailed flow sheet with recommendations for each step. Processes are spelled out for performing and recording counts and taking x-rays, among other things. The protocol is based on professional guidelines, including those from AORN, the American College of Surgeons, and others. It is also based on experience…

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