A Lompoc mother took home more than her baby when she left LVMC. A month later she went to the ER complaining of high fever, difficulty urinating, and a foul vaginal odor. A foreign object found in mother was the cause.
The ER doctor found a piece of gauze sponge left inside her for the last month, courtesy of LVMC. (After a month, the gauze would have looked quite different than the photo.)
The California Department of Public Health Licensing & Certification Division issued Lompoc hospital a deficiency because LVMC did not have existing policies and procedures in place for counting supplies during delivery. Such policies and procedures are a required for hospitals. LVMC’s lack of policies and procedures on counting supplies “had the potential to allow for any item used during vaginal delivery to be retained by all patients having normal deliveries in the facility.”