PA PSRS Patient Saf Advis 2005 Jun;2(2):22.  
Unintended Lacerations or Punctures During Surgery

A review of a sample of reports submitted to PA-PSRS involving unintended lacerations or punctures during surgery found that 78% of the reports described injuries to the colon (mostly during colonoscopy), the bladder (mostly during hysterectomy), or the uterus (mostly during hysteroscopy).

The accompanying table shows the relative distribution of these reports by location of injury and the procedure being performed.

Table.

Table: Procedure and Site of Injury

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