You Won’t Believe How Many Canadians Have Had Objects Left Inside Them During Surgery

An alarming report says 553 objects were unintentionally left in Canadian medical and surgical patients between 2016 and 2018. That is a 14% per cent increase compared to data five years earlier. The Canadian Institute for Health Information says hundreds of items such as sponges and medical instruments were left behind in patients in those two years. Sandi Kossey of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute says the focus now needs to switch to why such avoidable injuries happen and how to prevent them. The report also found among 23 countries measured, Canada had the highest rate of severe tears during vaginal childbirth, and the highest rate among 12 countries of avoidable complications after surgery.

Story: Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Canadian Institute For Health Information



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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan