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Pediatric Medical Errors Most Likely in Gynecologic, GI Surgeries
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Surgical teams leaving tools or other foreign bodies inside pediatric patients is a serious medical error that is most common in gynecological surgeries adds to the cost and duration of a child’s hospital stay, but not to mortality rates.

That’s the conclusion from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who studied a national database of 1,946,831 operations in children over 17 years, and in 36 states, and found 413 incidents in which sponges or other surgical instruments were unintentionally left, requiring follow-up procedures to remove them.