Gauze swabs left intrapericardially following cardiac surgery

N. Alotti, G. Kecskés, J. Simon, J. Tomcsányi, L. Papp

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Abstract

The occurrence of surgical gauze swabs left in the body following operations is not as rare as one would suspect, however the actual incidence is difficult to estimate. This accident seems to be occurring most frequently in general and gastro-intestinal surgery followed by operations in gynaecology and obstetrics and orthopaedics. There have been only a few papers in the literature dealing with the topic of foreign bodies left in place after cardiac surgical procedures. In this paper two cases of gauze swabs left intrapericardially following cardiac surgery are presented. The issue goes far beyond professional significance alone, but raises important and critical questions of medical ethics let alone legal implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-827
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume40
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999

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Cardiac Surgical Procedures
Medical Ethics
Foreign Bodies
Gynecology
Thoracic Surgery
Obstetrics
Accidents
Orthopedics
Incidence

Keywords

  • Foreign bodies
  • Heart surgery
  • Postoperative complications
  • Surgical sponges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Alotti, N., Kecskés, G., Simon, J., Tomcsányi, J., & Papp, L. (1999). Gauze swabs left intrapericardially following cardiac surgery. Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, 40(6), 825-827.

Gauze swabs left intrapericardially following cardiac surgery. / Alotti, N.; Kecskés, G.; Simon, J.; Tomcsányi, J.; Papp, L.

In: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, Vol. 40, No. 6, 12.1999, p. 825-827.

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Alotti, N, Kecskés, G, Simon, J, Tomcsányi, J & Papp, L 1999, 'Gauze swabs left intrapericardially following cardiac surgery', Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 825-827.
Alotti N, Kecskés G, Simon J, Tomcsányi J, Papp L. Gauze swabs left intrapericardially following cardiac surgery. Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery. 1999 Dec;40(6):825-827.
Alotti, N. ; Kecskés, G. ; Simon, J. ; Tomcsányi, J. ; Papp, L. / Gauze swabs left intrapericardially following cardiac surgery. In: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery. 1999 ; Vol. 40, No. 6. pp. 825-827.
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