Retained surgical items: New technology, guidelines to support zero harm in the OR

Thursday, July 29th, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Retained surgical objects are among the sentinel events most frequently reported to The Joint Commission, with surgical sponges recognized as the top retained item. Current guidelines from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses emphasize the importance of using a consistent counting process, but with false correct counts as a common occurrence, is this enough?

During this webinar, healthcare professionals will discuss the impact of retained surgical sponges and share how organizations can implement safety initiatives and adjunct technology to protect patients, caregivers and the hospital system. An AORN representative will also provide information on the association's new RSI safety program and share a first look at guidelines slated to come out later this year with the goal to eliminate this preventable medical error.

Learning objectives:

  • Review the incidence and impact of RSS
  • Share best practices for implementing safety initiatives
  • Discuss new adjunct technology available to scan, count and find lost sponges
  • Preview AORN’s upcoming RSI program and updated guidelines



Valerie Y. Marsh, DNP, RN, CNOR

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing



Senior Perioperative Practice Specialist, Association of periOperative Registered Nurses


Dena L Salamon, MSN, RN

Nursing Director, Operating Room, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

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Colleen Clancy Harrington, MSN, RN, M.Ed, CNOR

Change Management Consultant, C2 Consulting