caption of the 'image James Cook University Hospital is part of the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
A surgical clip was left under the skin of 'a patient following brain surgery, it has been revealed.
This happened at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in July and was recorded as a "never-before-seen event ",ended up as serious but preventable.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said the patient involved was not harmed by the mistake.
A spokesperson said stated that a new process for documenting clips had been introduced "to help prevent similar events ".
She described the "skin clip " as an object "that is used in complex neurosurgical procedures to aid surgical visibility and reduce blood loss ".
" The patient suffered no injury and the clip was removed while he were still in hospital as part of a second, already planned operation, "she added.
Poorly preserved objects
The error was revealed in a performance report although few details were given, the Local Democracy Reporting Service stated.
The document indicates that the eliminationAtion of the so-called never events was a "quality priority " over the next 12 months.
The trust reported eight events in 2020-21 and six in 2019-2020.
NHS England issued a revised policy for ever events in February, setting out how they are to be identified, investigated and treated.
Almost 230 such incidents have occurred in the health service between on April 1 and November 30 of last year, including 52 where objects were wrongly retained in patients' bodies.
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