Equipment left in the body during surgical procedure

Sometimes, during medical and surgical procedures, surgical equipment or material, like sponges, needles or instruments, may be inadvertently left inside patients' bodies.

When foreign bodies are left inside patients, serious complications can occur. It is every hospital's goal to eliminate this complication. 

About this measure

This measure tracks the number of patients who had a procedure and who had material left inside during that procedure.  

In this case, a lower number is better.  

Most Recent Available Data (Number)
  2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 1
National Average 0
Performance Trend (Number)
  2011 Q4 2012 Q1 2012 Q2 2012 Q3 2012 Q4 2013 Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3
Northwestern Memorial 1 1 1 1 2 0 1 1
National Average 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
Foreign body left in during procedure