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Avoidable mistakes rise despite hospital efforts
San Francisco Chronicle

Drill bits, screws, sponges, clamps, needles, catheters, electrodes. These are some of the things accidentally left inside patients after surgery at California hospitals.

These instances are referred to as “never” events, meaning they are never supposed to happen. But even though they are reported in a small percentage of surgeries, they occur with alarming regularity.