A surgeon and other staff have been suspended and public health officials have launched an investigation after a piece of a surgical drill bit was left inside a patient's head following a procedure at Rhode Island Hospital.
The hospital says a roughly quarter-inch long piece broke off and was left in a patient's scalp during neurosurgery on Aug. 4.
The piece was discovered and removed on Aug. 6 "without incident" according to the hospital, and the incident was reported to the state Department of Health.
WPRI-TV reports that the hospital suspended the doctor and operating room staff. Their names were not released.
A Health Department spokesman confirmed the investigation.
The hospital was fined $50,000 after brain surgeons operated on the wrong part of the heads of three patients in 2007.