An issue worth talking about

Making an impact in the fight against retained surgical sponges is worth talking about. Read on to learn more about this critical issue.



Surgical sponges left inside woman for at least six years

Surgical sponges left inside woman for at least six years.


Tablet system keeps tally of surgical sponges

An automatic surgical sponge counting system fits seamlessly with operating room (OR) protocols, helping to verify manual counts.

Keeping Count

“Sponges being left behind is the number one contributor to the number one surgical never event, which is retained surgical items,” says  Jason Davies, senior brand manager with Stryker Surgical Safety.

Stryker builds surgical safety business with no-mistakes…

Medical products maker Stryker Corp. has for years produced some very high-tech devices that surgeons use to be more successful in operating rooms.

Hospitals absorb surgical safety system

A new surgical safety system is being used to improve patient care in more than 550 hospitals nationwide.

More than 550 hospitals improve patient safety…

Stryker Corp. announced that more than 550 hospitals nationwide are using the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System and have accounted for nearly 200 million surgical sponges around the United States in the past five years.

Tracking surgical sponges: Technology avoids the danger

The modern hospital operating room is no place for technophobes or Luddites. Just as no doctor or nurse today would countenance the use of “medicinal” leeches to draw out the “bad blood” that physicians in medieval times thought caused many of their patients’ ailments, there is simply no good reason to rely solely on whiteboards to track the use of surgical sponges in the operating room.

Cultivating a culture of safety

A healthy patient who was expected to make a full recovery from a routine surgical procedure is found dead in bed from an unintentional opioid overdose.

Stryker releases SurgiCount Tablet

Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Stryker released its SurgiCount Tablet, a touch-screen interface for its SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System. Here’s what you should know.

Accounting for Surgical Sponges Should Not & Need Not Be…

Retained surgical sponges continue to be a frequently reported sentinel event in operating rooms across the U.S.

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