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Laparotomy Sponges

Laparotomy Sponges

  • Excellent for bleeding control and tissue protection during operations.
  • 100% cotton gauze, surgical grade.
  • Available as with or without a cloth anchoring loop, with or without an X-ray detectable ribbon or thread.
  • Sizes: 20 x 30 cm, 30x 30 cm, 45 x 45 cm etc.
  • 4ply, 6ply, 8ply, 12ply etc.
Laparotomy Sponges Uses , Unintended retention of foreign bodies remain the most frequently reported sentinel events. Surgical sponges account for the majority of these retained items. The purpose of this study was to describe reports of unintentionally retained surgical sponges (RSS): the types of sponges, anatomic locations, accuracy of sponge counts, contributing factors, and harm, in order to make recommendations to improve preoperative safety.


A retrospective review was undertaken of unintentionally RSS voluntarily reported to The Joint Commission Sentinel Event Database by healthcare facilities over a 5-year period (October 1, 2012- September 30, 2017). Event reports involving surgical sponges were reviewed for patients undergoing surgery, Laparotomy Sponges invasive procedures, or child birth. Laparotomy Sponges


A total of 319 events involving RSS were reported. Sponges were most frequently retained in the abdomen or pelvis (50.2%) and the vagina (23.9%). Events occurred in the Operating Room (64.1%), Labor and Delivery (32.7%) and other procedural areas (3.3%). Of the events reported, 318 involved 1 to 12 contributing factors totaling 1430 in 13 different categories, most frequently in human factors and leadership. In 69.6% of reports, the harm was an unexpected additional care or extended staySevere temporary harm was associated with 14.7% of the events. One patient died as a result of the retained sponge Uses. Made from surgical grade cotton gauze, these 4-ply lap sponges are sterile, X-ray detectable, soft and highly absorbent. Available in sterile and per-washed options in these formats: no loop, loop, loop with plastic ring or loop with metal ring.
  • 100% cotton
  • Highly absorbent, soft sponges for optimal protection and patient comfort
  • Sterile, heat-sealed envelope to ensure safety
  • Convenient, easy-to-use individual peel-open packaging
  • Two sponges per envelope


Because of the complexity of preoperative patient care, Laparotomy Sponges Uses  the multitude of contributing factors that are difficult to control, and the potential benefit of radio frequency sponge detection, we recommend that this technology be considered in areas where surgery is performed and in Labor and Delivery.