Pooling Experience: Retained Surgical Items

Starting in June, CHPSO members will be able to participate in an evaluation of retained surgical item (RSI) incidents. The purpose of this initiative is to assist hospitals in their root cause analysis process and help CHPSO identify common underlying causes of RSIs, particularly broken devices and fragments.

A conference call was held on Thursday, May 20 2–3 p.m. to review pilot project results on data collection for RSIs and to ask for comments on the RSI incident data collection tool. The tool is under revision to incorporate those suggestions and will be distributed soon for further comments.

Watch your email for release of the revised tool. Your comments will be appreciated, either by email or by telephone.

The June member call will be devoted to discussion of this tool and to initiate roll-out to those CHPSO member hospitals wishing to participate. The call will be held at a special date and time. For this call and discussion of information needs, non-members may join in as well, though they will not be able to participate in the data collection initiative. Registration is not necessary.

Date: June 6
Time: 10–11 am
Telephone number: 712.432.3100
Conference code: 791488