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Invited Critique
November 15, 2010

Safe Surgery in ChildrenSomething Left Behind?: Comment on “Risk Factors and Outcomes for Foreign Body Left During a Procedure”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

Arch Surg. 2010;145(11):1090. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2010.242

Own your errors past, and make each day a critique on the last. —Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

With surgical procedures reportedly more common than childbirth, safe surgery remains a critical priority.1,2 The study by Camp et al examines the issue of retained foreign bodies during surgery in children. They make commendable use of large complex databases, which is essential in trying to analyze such relatively uncommon events. Their data indicate that the frequency of this adverse event varies between types of surgery. For example, hospitalizations for gynecological procedures appear to be a higher-risk group.

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