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  • Read that today [news.com.au] and was amazed that she was walking around with 17cm scissors inside her for so long! Was almost going to post a JE about it, but work got in the way and I forgot...
  • Several people at the hospital should be reprimanded. It is SOP in the civilized world (well, this *is* Austrailia) to count instruments before closing up a patient. Why? Because what you linked to used to be far more common...
    • Yeah, I remember reading a long time ago about a patient who had the doctor's watch in their stomach after a surgery (not urban legend, this was in a medical mag).

      Sheesh! Makes one wonder.
    • Yeah, I observed a procedure before where they had to recount multiple times because they couldn't account for all of the blood-soaked rag-thingies. I can't remember whether they found the missing one inside or outside the patient. I can't imagine losing a pair of scissors without noticing it.
    • by arb (452787)
      Several people at the hospital should be reprimanded. It is SOP in the civilized world (well, this *is* Austrailia) to count instruments before closing up a patient.

      From the article I read:

      Mrs Skinner said the experienced surgeon due to do her original operation was called away for emergency surgery, so she was operated on by a registrar in training to be a surgeon.

      A statement by St George Hospital in Sydney yesterday said it admitted a breach of duty of care.

      It seems that SOP wasn't followed. A

  • They're OPEN! UGH! I'm figuring they probably cut her thousands of times. Disgusting.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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