SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System
239 Kb – PDF SurgiCount
A brief overview of the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System (2 minutes)
A detailed overview of the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System
View the video "New Scan Counts for Surgical Sponges Left Behind"
WCCO News February, 2009
Prevent one of the most common "Never Events"
Did you know?
- Retained Foreign Objects (RFOs) are the most common adverse surgical event reported, occurring in 1 out of every 5, 500 procedures. 1
- The majority of RFOs occur in patients with "correct counts" and manual counting as a primary mechanism to avoid RFOs is unreliable. 2
- RFOs impact patient outcomes, add unnecessary costs to the healthcare system, damage the reputation of institutions and are no longer being reimbursed by CMS and some third-party payers.
- The average legal settlement is $250,000 with many settlements in excess of $1 million.
Protect your staff, your patients and your bottom line with the Safety-Sponge® System from SurgiCount Medical, Cardinal Health preferred solution for the prevention of RFOs.
Features and benefits of the Safety-Sponge® system:
- Computer assisted counting and electronic documentation using serialized data matrix bar-coded product and hands-free scanners
- Safe, simple and easily adopted
- The most cost-effective approach to preventing RFOs
- Used by over 275 hospitals, including 7 U.S. News and World Report "Best Hospitals"
- More than 120 million Safety-Sponges® successfully accounted for in more than six million surgical procedures
- Provides post-operative, evidence-based outcomes via tracking individual sponges and other procedure specific data through the use of the Citadel File Manager
- Backed by a $1 million per incident indemnification program
- Supports AORN recommended practices for counting
- Surgical sponges are individually and uniquely bar-coded to prevent double counting
**Take patient safety to a higher level with the new Surgical Checklist Performance and Documentation System.
- Touch screen performance of fully customizable safe surgery checklists
- Complete surgical checklist compliance and documentation solution
In the news
414 Kb - PDF Patient Safety Technologies Signs Contract with Partners HealthCare, to Implement the Safety-Sponge® System at Brigham & Women's Hospital
53 Kb - PDF "Sponges, surgical instruments miscounted in 13% of surgeries" – American Medical News, September 2008
684 Kb - PDFMayo Clinic Research on SurgiCount To Be Presented at Conferences
38 Kb – PDF Better Safe Than Sorry: Surgeons Get Help Counting Sponges
135 Kb – PDF TriCities.com: SurgiCount keeps surgery patients safe from lost sponges ABC News "Counting Sponges during Surgery" - July 2009 Hospitals In Ventura County Fined For Botched Surgeries Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. Announces the Adoption of the Safety-Sponge® System by the First Hospital in the State of Indiana CBS/WCCO "New Scan Counts for Surgical Sponges Left Behind" - February 2009 NBC News 24 “Medical Mistakes, When Things are Left Behind” – November 2008 CBS2 Investigation Uncovers Hospital Mistakes – November 2008
Visit the clinical center to view our Continuing Education Program "Prevention of Retained Sponges and Towels Following Surgery"
1.4 Mb - PDF"Incidence and Characteristics of Potential and Actual Retained Foreign Object Events in Surgical Patients"
© 2008 by the American College of Surgeons
700 Kb - PDF"Bar-coding Surgical Sponges To Improve Safety: A Randomized Controlled Trial"
© 2008 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
95 Kb - PDFAbstract from the American College of Surgeons: Unsponsored Research from the Mayo Clinic on the Safety-Sponge System
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1. and 2. Citations listed on SurgiCount literature piece
*Checklist performance and documentation feature not yet approved for sale. Anticipated availability Spring 2011.