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Table 5 Harm Attributed to the Retained Sponge (N = 319)

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

  N %
Unexpected Additional Care/Extended Stay 222 69.6
Severe Temporary Harm 47 14.7
Permanent Loss of Function 2 0.6
Psychological Impact 2 0.6
Permanent Harm 1 0.3
Death 1 0.3
Other 44 13.8
Total 319 100.0%