Perhaps even stranger than incidents of surgeons removing bizarre objects from patients’ orifices are the instances where they leave them in. The amount of surgical equipment forgotten inside bodies of Hong Kong patients has reached a four-year high, SCMP reports.
Tools included a 12cm drainage tip tube, the metal tip of a fetal scalp electrode, and a drill bit.
Says Tim Pang Hung-cheong, spokesman for the Patients’ Rights Association.
“It is only a single [digit] figure so I don’t think it is very alarming. But we have to observe it over a period of time to see whether the trend is increasing or see if it rises very rapidly between each period of reporting.”
Yeah, one scalpel left in the liver is one too many, in our humble opinion.
We just can’t wait for this to evolve into some kind of racket where doctors purposefully leave tools inside patients’ orifices during surgery so they can later remove them and make double the copay.
Stranger shenanigans have gone down in medical wards, especially in the mainland.
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