Retained Seldinger wire

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Intravenous news: ECRI have issued an E-lert that highlights a patient safety issue regarding retained guidewire fragments, an issue brought to ECRI Institute PSOs attention through reports submitted by participating healthcare providers. ECRI Institute PSO received four reported cases of retained guidewire fragments between December 2009 and March 2010. Despite the short reporting time period, ECRI Institute analysts recognized the value in learning from these events. The E-lert recommends that widely accepted patient safety techniques used in the operating room (OR), such as instrument inspection, should be utilized when interventional procedures are performed outside the OR.

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