USA Today News Piece on Foreign Bodies Left Inside Patients After Surgery

By : Patrick C. Barry - Apr 8th, 2013

USA Today recently reported on the all-too-common occurrence of foreign bodies left inside patients after surgery. Some of these victims lose parts of their intestines; some don’t survive. Hospitalizations involving a lost sponge or instrument carry an average cost of more than $60,000. New sponge-tracking systems, however, typically add just $8 to $12 to an operation’s cost.


Patrick C. Barry

Patrick Barry is an accomplished trial lawyer and public safety advocate. He is a past President of the Rhode Island Association for Justice, an organization of approximately 400 civil justice lawyers, and a former Governor of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Barry also served as a public member of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the licensing board for all physicians in the state, from 2005 to 2013. Read full bio.
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