Patient Safety Tool: Retained Foreign Object Audit Tool

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority offers a free, downloadable audit form designed to help healthcare organizations assess adverse events involving retained foreign objects for future prevention.

The four-page audit form, which should be filled for each adverse event, can be modified according to each facility's unique policy and procedures.

Download the retained foreign object audit tool (PDF) for use and adaptation in your facility.

Note: View our database providing 150 reports that link to free, downloadable and adaptable tools for use in surgery centers, hospitals and other organizations by clicking here.

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