Imagine if you will a situation that happens every day in this country. You or a loved one are admitted to the hospital for surgery. Not necessarily a complex or complicated surgery that requires extensive recovery time, but even an outpatient procedure like an appendectomy. The anesthesiologist has you count backwards from 10 and the next thing you know you’re waking up in a recovery room and soon after being escorted to the car to head home. But, as your anesthesia wears off and the pain medication starts to fade you notice a sharp pain in your stomach. Feeling around the painful area you can feel that there seems to be something there that shouldn’t be.
In fact, upon inspection, you find that the surgeon has left a pair of scissors inside your stomach and sewed you up with the sharp, pointy, metal object pressing against other delicate internal organs. Suddenly you realize you are in a dangerous, life threatening situation. The wrong movement, a small bump to the stomach, or even the loving embrace of your child or spouse could cause the scissors left inside you to cut through your intestines, gall bladder, or any other organ and potentially kill you. Sadly, while this scenario may seem outrageous, it literally happens every single day in this country.