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Florida Judge Who Intends to File West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Surgeons and Radiologist Says Sponge was Left Inside His Body

Nelson Bailey, a Belle Glade judge, intends to sue two surgeons and radiologist for Palm Beach medical malpractice. Bailey developed serious health issues after a sponge was left inside him following a surgery to treat his diverticulitis. The medical procedure was performed at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The retained sponge wasn’t discovered until five months later, during which time he experienced abdominal pain. Several CT scans were conducted before the sponge was finally correctly identified. Bailey then underwent another surgery to have the sponge, which by then had festered into a bile- and pus-stained mass that was over a foot wide and a foot long, removed. He says that because of the medical error, part of his intestine had to be taken out because it had rotted. He now has to be close to a bathroom and is no longer go horseback trail riding. Bailey also says that he almost had a heart attack after he was given an incorrectly dispensed medication from the hospital’s pharmacy that accelerated his heart instead of reducing his blood pressure. While the judge has already settled his West Palm Beach hospital mistake case with Good Samaritan and its owner Tenet Healthcare System, he has yet to file his civil complaint against the radiologist and surgeons. Retained Surgical Instruments Unfortunately, accidentally leaving a sponge or surgical tool inside a patient following a surgical procedure is not an uncommon medical error. Retained surgical instruments can cause serious health complications, such as fistula, intestinal obstruction, abscess formation and adhesions, sepsis, infection, and even death. There are procedures that must be followed in the operating room to ensure that sponges, scissors, clamps, blades, and other surgical instruments are not forgotten in the patient’s body. Failure to remove all surgical instruments can be grounds for a Miami medical malpractice case. Judge to sue after surgical sponge was left in him, Miami Herald/CBS4.com, September 15, 2010 Related Web Resources: Retained Surgical Instruments and Sponges, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, United States Department of Health and Human Services Preventing retained surgical instruments, AORN Journal, April 2008

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