Published in Managed Care Weekly Digest, April 13th, 2009
patient safety solutions for the operating room, announced that it has introduced its
industry-first Never Event WarrantyTM (N.E.W.) that will cover unreimbursed surgery costs
associated with a retained sponge.
Retained sponge incidents jeopardize hospital reputation and cause catastrophes for staff
and patients. Published studies indicate that today one in every 1,000 to 1,500 intraabdominal
surgeries results in a sponge left behind in the patient.
As of October 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
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