and resolving any discrepancies have concluded and the
patient has been taken from the operating/procedure
room,” where applicable. ♦
The ACS offers this statement for consideration by surgeons,
their hospitals, and health care organizations. This statement is
provided as general guidance. It does not constitute a standard
of care and is not intended to replace the professional judgment
of the surgeon or health care administrator. This statement
may be reviewed and modified as necessary to conform with
the laws of the applicable jurisdiction, the circumstances of the
individual hospital and health care organization, and requirements of other allied and health care organizations.
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multidisciplinary team approach to retained foreign
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Recommended practices for prevention of retained
surgical items. In: Perioperative Standards and
Recommended Practices. Denver, CO: AORN, Inc;
Prevention of unintentionally retained surgical items after surgery
requires good communication among perioperative personnel and the
consistent application of reliable and standardized processes of care.