Sometimes a needle or screw will break leaving a fragment behind. Is this a reviewable sentinel event?

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As per JCI, in some cases, a broken needle or screw fragment is recognized at the time of surgery and a clinical judgment is made to leave the fragment in the patient. That decision is based on an assessment of the relative risks of leaving it in versus removing it.
It would therefore not be considered an unintentionally retained foreign object. Intentional retained foreign object is not a negligence.

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