NoThing Left Behind provides a three-level approach to accounting for surgical objects. Its premise understands that, like in this case, human factors such as counting errors lead to items, like sponges, being left behind. Nationally, in 80% of retained sponge cases, the count of items was correct. The retained sponge was not thought left behind.
The efforts include a three-step-approach to counting surgical field sponges.
Those efforts paid off. In 2011, Harrison had no items, including sponges, being unaccounted for at the end of the surgery.
As was reported in this Kitsap Sun article, "It's difficult when mistakes happen, but sometimes mistakes do happen." Harrison's efforts are to give our staff members the tools and training to specifically reduce the likelihood of that happening. We will continue to work with our media partners to help educate and inform both reporters and the community. We ask your continued help in doing so with those who ask you questions about Harrison and our quality initiatives.