Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The Department of Health is releasing more information about what was first reported as a sponge left inside a patient at Women and Infants Hospital. Health officials have completed their investigation into what were actually two incidents.
Annemarie Beardsworth with the Department of Health says the first mistake involved gauze, not a sponge. "The patient did leave the hospital with the gauze in," she says. "At a later date, the patient came back and complained of some symptoms. They examined her and they determined they found the piece of gauze that had been left in."
In the second error, doctors left a piece of x-ray sensitive string inside a patient.
The hospital has not received a fine from the Department of Health because it has no prior history of reoccurring medical errors, but it must submit a plan for preventing similar mistakes in the future.
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