Surgical Errors

IU Health Utilizes New Technology To Prevent Medical Errors From Occurring

by Staff | April 10th, 2013

April 10, 2013

Surgical sponges being left in the bodies of patients can be a costly, and potentially deadly, mistake that can result in an Indiana Medical Malpractice claim being filed. To keep these mistakes from occurring at facilities in the IU Health system, the group has invested in a piece of technology that can help prevent such surgical errors.

An article from FOX 59 News stated three hospitals in the IU Health system have been equipped with radio frequency tracking devices that can be used to ensure surgical sponges are not left in the body of patients after having a procedure preformed. The devices cost the hospitals around $250,000, yet only adds an additional cost to patients of around $8 per procedure when the device is used.

One particular hospital saw a total of 13 incidents involving sponges being left in patients six-years ago; however, since the system was implemented, the facility has recorded no such surgical errors.

The use of the technology came just after an executive order mandated that all cases of foreign objects being left in a patient’s body be reported to the state.

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to prevent surgical errors at hospitals in Indiana; however, accidents can still occur. The firm may be able to help if a patient has been harmed by an error that was made while under the care of a physician.