Radio-Frequency Detection Facilitates Sponge Counts

February 1, 2013 | Evaluations & Guidance


A recently published study found that using a radio-frequency detection system (RFDS) as an adjunct to manual sponge counts can help eliminate instances of sponges being left in the patient after a procedure is completed.

Retained surgical items (RSIs) are a chronic problem in the OR—the exact rate is unknown, but studies indicate that RSI incidents occur in anywhere from 1 in 18,000 to 1 in 1,000 procedures. Surgical sponges are retained more often than any other object. Complications from retained sponges can include an abscess or granuloma around the sponge, adhesion and encapsulation, or even bowel perforation or sepsis. Some of these complications may not show...

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