Webinar – URFO Practice Guidance: A 3 Study Review

October 24, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time
CHI owner surgery department direct care providers, Quality Assurance, Patient Safety and Risk Management departments


Unintentionally retained foreign objects (URFO) can result in serious patient harm and unnecessary costs to healthcare systems. Although called “never events”, URFOs remain one of the most frequently reported sentinel events. This presentation will discuss the results of three studies describing 700 events of URFOs reported to The Joint Commission. Targeted strategies for prevention of retained sponges, retained guidewires, and other retained items will be provided.

Register Here

Learning Objectives

At the end of the webinar, the participant should be able to:
1. Review findings from 3 unintentionally retained foreign objects (URFOs) studies
2. Discuss challenges to URFO prevention.
3. Describe targeted strategies to reduce URFOs.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12205 for 1 contact hour.


Victoria Steelman, PhD. RN, CNOR, FAAN
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
University of Iowa

Dr. Steelman has been a perioperative nurse for over 25 years. As a clinical nurse specialist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, she focused on implementing evidence-based practice changes for 20 years. She is Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa, where she focuses her teaching on evidence-based practice and her research on perioperative quality and safety. She has extensively published and presented about issues related safe patient care in the operating room, particularly unintentionally retained foreign objects (URFO). She is well recognized for these activities and received two Outstanding Achievement awards and AORN’s highest award, the Award for Excellence, in recognition of her contributions to perioperative nursing. In 2007, she was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of the national and global impact of her work. She is past president of AORN.



Sheet + Evaluation Form – URFO Webinar 10.24.19

URFO Practice Guidance Webinar PowerPoint 2019

URFO Practice Guidance Webinar PowerPoint Handouts 2019

The below articles have been graciously made available to you by Dr. Steelman for your reference.  You do not need to print them for the webinar. 

Retained Surgical Sponges – Steelman 2018



Web Access

Test your system by clicking this link.

Webinar log-in: URFO Practice Guidance: A 3 Study Review

Select “Enter as a Guest” upon log-in. Please type in your name AND facility.

To hear audio via your computer, click “Listen Only” when the audio dialog box appears. You will be able to ask questions through the chat box.

To hear audio via your phone, dial 1.844.419.4704 – Passcode: 6235778845


This program is a webinar.  Please go to the “Web Access” tab for log-in information.