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Clinical Update: Improving Patient Care by Reducing Retained Sponges During Vaginal Deliveries


This supplement is sponsored by Medtronic.

The retained surgical sponge or gauze after surgical intervention or a birth can have serious consequences for patients and poses a challenging problem for clinicians. This supplement explores the causes and consequences of sponge retention and how the Situate™ Delivery System can help reduce the incidence of gossypiboma, which is responsible for approximately 2000 cases of retained surgical items each year in the US.

Hector Chapa, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Texas A&M College of Medicine – College Station
Department of ObGyn, Brazos Valley ObGyn
ObGyn Hospitalist Group
CHI St. Joseph Regional Hospital
Bryan, Texas

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