Salisbury Foundation Trust

FOI_5456

Internal Reference Number: FOI_5456

Date Request Received: 02/01/2020 12:45:37

Date Request Replied To: 31/01/2020 10:06:54

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Request Summary: Surgical tools being left in patients after surgery

Request Category: Private Individuals

 
Question Number 1:
1) The number of instances in which a surgical instrument has been left inside a patient's body following a surgical procedure between 2015 and 2019 (up to present day and itemised by year).

- For each instance, please list:

a) the type of instruments found during this time and where in the body they were discovered.

b) The surgical procedure that was taking place when instrument was left inside body.

c) The patient's outcome, i.e. if anyone has become seriously ill as a result of leaving an surgical instrument inside the body of a patient or if anyone has died as a result of leaving a surgical instrument inside the body of a patient. (if this exceeds the scope of the request please inform me before omitting it).
 
Answer To Question 1:
2015 none reported
2016 none reported
2017 none reported
2018 1 case.
a) Half of a tip of the laparoscopic fenestrated grasping forceps left in the Left Upper Quadrant of abdomen
b) Right sided Nephrectomy
c) Patient discharged home following surgery

 
Question Number 2:
How many people have taken legal action against the Trust as a result of a surgeon leaving a surgical instrument inside the body of a patient. (if this exceeds the scope of the request please inform me before omitting it).
 
Answer To Question 2:
All such claims against the Trust are managed by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS Resolution) to whom this request should be addressed for a definitive answer, but to the best of my knowledge and belief no such claims have been made in the last 5 years.
 
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