A hospital was fined $25,000 for a surgical error in 2007 when a doctor left a sponge in a patient’s body after emergency surgery. According to the article, the surgical error was “likely to cause serious injury or death” to the patient. This error took a second surgery to correct. Apparently it was the job of the nurse and scrub technician to count the number of sponges removed from the patient during the first surgery, but due to the overly bloody nature of this particular surgery, a sponge could have been miscounted.
Read more about the surgical error here.