1University Hospital Waterford, Ireland
2St James’s Hospital, Ireland
3University Hospital Waterford, Ireland
*Corresponding author: Matthew Lee, University Hospital Waterford, Dunmore Road, Waterford, Ireland, Tel: 003530864151500; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission: February 21, 2018; Published: March 12, 2018
ISSN: 2576-8875Volume2 Issue2
The equipment utilised in surgical operations must be durable and safe. Regular checks to ensure no signs of wear or fatigue (that may result in failure) should be incorporated into the sterilising and repackaging process. We present a case of equipment failure resulting in a lost foreign body during a lumbar spine discectomy and subsequent difficult retrieval. The potential consequences of such events may be profound for both the patient and the operating team. Lost foreign bodies are typically surgical swabs or needles with resultant complications either acute or delayed. Every effort to prevent such occurrences must be made as patient safety is of the utmost importance.