Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 20(3) October 2017 : 65-68.doi:10.12927/hcq.2017.25285
Quality Improvement

Code Grey: Stained Surgical Instruments and Their Impact on One Canadian Health Authority

Rob Kean, Ron Johnson and Michael Doyle


In 2016, NL's largest RHA was faced with serious challenges stemming from the discovery of stained surgical instruments at its two largest hospitals. This discovery prompted a series of postponed surgeries, an extensive internal mobilization of labour and the purchase of millions of dollars of new equipment. In tackling these challenges, the organization not only acquired a better understanding of its surgical tools, but it also gained renewed appreciation for the resilience of its human resources. By describing this incident and the lessons learned, we hope to offer insight to providers in similar circumstances.



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