RFID 100% Accurate in Surgical Sponge Tracking Test
A recent two-year study in California by the state Department of Public Health showed that even in recent years, sponges made up 40% of all unintentionally retained foreign surgical objects, and is the subject of an upcoming hospital-wide prevention project.
Retained foreign objects not only add to the length of hospital stays, but they add to hospital costs, put the patient at greater risk of developing an infection, and often require they undergo another invasive procedure, which some patients may not be healthy enough to withstand.
In conclusion, she wrote, RF technology in surgical sponges "is an appropriate option to consider when redesigning healthcare system to prevent 'never events' and enhance patient safety."
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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