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