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Table 2 Location of Unintentionally Retained Sponges (N = 305)

From: Retained surgical sponges: a descriptive study of 319 occurrences and contributing factors from 2012 to 2017

Location N %
Abdomen/pelvis 153 50.2
Vagina 73 23.9
Chest/mediastinum 26 8.5
Breast/Pacemaker/ICD pocket 14 4.6
Back 11 3.6
Mouth/Airway 7 2.3
Shoulder 5 1.6
Axilla 3 1.0
Leg/gluteal region 3 1.0
Intracranial 2 0.7
Eye 2 0.7
Neck 2 0.7
Nasal Cavity 1 0.3
Arm 1 0.3
Scrotum 1 0.3
Hip 1 0.3
Total 305 100.0%