Libby Znaimer is joined by Tracy Johnson, Director of Health System Analysis and Emerging Issues at CIHI, Sandi Kossey, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships & Priorities at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and Linda Hughes, Co-Chair of Patients for Patient Safety Canada.
Imagine you or a loved one has to go in for surgery. Of all the things you worry about – and there are many – having a foreign object like a sponge, a scalpel or a rubber glove left in your body is probably the last thing you think about. But think again. in the past two years, 553 foreign objects were left behind in patients post-surgery, which is a 14 percent hike in the rate over five years, and twice the average rate compared to 12 other reporting countries.