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Reducing Instrumentation in Major Operating Room Sets for Abdominal Colectomiesand Proctectomies – University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

by SoRelle, Paul C.

Abstract: One major instrument set had been routinely provided for all major abdominal/pelvic cases at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Surgical Oncology. However, many instruments were not used in the surgeries. Because of the great number of instruments in a set, there is a greater chance of counting errors, which can lead to retained foreign objects. The center launched a project to reduce the number of instruments in major operating room sets by at least 50 percent over a four-month period for abdominal colectomies (removal of a portion of the colon) and proctectomies (resection of the rectum).

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