Too often, sponges are left inside of patients during surgery. Close to 40 sponges are left in patients every week throughout the United States, and foreign bodies such as this are responsible for post operative infections and other adverse medical conditions.
According to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, approximately ten percent of patients develop postoperative complications following surgery. The study showed that as many as 11.3 percent of surgical patients were admitted back to the hospital within 30 days after surgery.
One great area of concerns for all patients concern surgical site infections due to surgical errors. Though there has been a decline of infections in Pennsylvania hospitals that have cropped up during a patient's hospital stay, such infections remain a major concern as nearly 99,000 patients across the country die every year due to this condition.