Interview with a Quality Leader: Dr. Verna Gibbs on Surgical Safety

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For more information on this article, contact Susan V. White at Susan.White4@va.gov.

Abstract

Dr. Verna Gibbs describes the “NoThing Left Behind” Program designed to eliminate retained devices from surgical procedures. She explains the genesis of the program along with adjuncts to counting including computer-assisted sponge count, radiofrequency detection system, radiofrequency identification system, and the Sponge ACCOUNTing system. She provides comments on the use of these adjuncts with responses on their effectiveness on improving safety.

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