“A term referring to a mistake discovered post-operatively, in which one or more surgical sponges is left behind in the body after closing the patient […] and are often grounds for malpractice lawsuits.” Medical Dictionary (Slightly re-worded)

Oh wow, fancy going for an op, and finding out you have a sponge or two still inside you.

Is this where ‘cleansing the soul’ came from?

Not THAT type of sponge, folks. Come on now.

Mistakes can happen but it is still quite worrying.

Damn right it’s grounds for a lawsuit! Ain’t no body wanting an extra sponge or two inside ’em!

3 thoughts on “Gossypiboma”

  1. Hi Syd,
    I am licensed to teach English but I have never heard of this word. I normally pride myself on my vocabulary. Why did you change blog names?
    I met you at Jason’s blog party. I blog over at http://mostlyblogging.com Maybe you can check out my blog if you need any blogging tips. That’s what I blog about. I also host blog parties like Jason.


    1. Hi Janice,
      I’m glad you stumbled upon my website.
      This is actually medical terminology so would be classed under Jargon and quite possibly not found in a dictionary of sorts. That’s great!! I too hold an English Language Teaching Masters Degree, so it’s great to meet another of our kind!
      I changed the name of my blog because I no longer stood behind what had been written and wanted to implement a different writing style.
      This meant a lot of re-branding.
      I most definitely will have a look at your blog!

      I would be interested in one of your blog parties!

      Kind regards,

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