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From teaching institutions to community hospitals, to government VAs and surgery centers, more organizations are choosing the SurgiCount System. There are more than 500 facilities using the SurgiCount System, including 60% of U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 Honor Roll Hospitals.15

Straight from the source

It’s true. We have 100% belief in our SurgiCount System and here’s the story direct from our customers.

“It was clinicians training clinicians, which created a strong comfort level.”
Jacalyn Kay, IT Supervisor, Perioperative Applications, University Hospitals Case Medical Center

“The Safety-Sponge System has given OR nurses at UCSF a tool they and surgeons can count on for an accurate count. Using this system for the past two years has provided relief for the entire surgical team and eliminated this preventable and devastating event.”
Jeffrey Pearl, MD, Professor of Clinical Surgery, Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery, Fishbon Chair of Ambulatory Surgery, Associate Dean, Associate Chief Medical Officer, UCSF at Mount Zion

“What makes a missed count even trickier for a hospital is that it’s a non-defendable error, or a ‘never event.’ That’s why we put these standard practices in place…because then you can say, ‘We never, ever vary from this practice.’ We haven’t seen a single surgically retained item since implementation.”
Valerie Marsh, RN, MSN, University of Michigan Health System

“It’s better patient care. We’ve never regretted it, and we would never go back.”
Don Owens, Divisional Director of Surgical Services, Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, TX

“After 18 months, the datamatrix-coded sponge (DMS) system eliminated sponge RSIs from a high volume surgical practice. The DMS system caused no work-flow disruptions or increases in case duration. Staff satisfaction was acceptable, with a high degree of trust in the system.”
Robert Cima, MD, MA Associate Professor and Vice-Chairman, Surgical Services, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

“Surgical teams have been seeking a solution to this problem for decades. Our randomized trial of the Safety-Sponge System suggests that one is now at hand. Our study found it was readily adopted, was cost effective, and markedly improved detection of sponges that had been misplaced or miscounted in the operating room.”
Atul Gawande, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

“Once we saw the technology demonstrated, we felt from an operational standpoint that the RF process wasn’t nearly as elegant and easy to implement as SurgiCount; the notion of prevention rather than reaction went over well with the operating room directors…At the end of the day, though, it was really about this being just the right thing to do for patients; you can’t put a price on patient safety.”
Mark French, Chief Operations Officer, Ochsner Health System

“We have had remarkable success with SurgiCount.”
Joseph E. Bisordi, MD, FACP Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health System

“We are on a road to providing excellent, reproducible and sustainable quality of care to every person, every time, every touch – the investment in the SurgiCount system is an example of such efforts.”
Jeremy Blanchard, MD, VP of Quality and Medical Affairs, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

"We did the education with the Stryker team and the implementation was done with very few issues. Personally, I was amazed at the ease of the transition. The daily reports that are obtainable and produced are wonderful and allow for next day correction with individual staff members."
Diane Gries, O.R. Director, Tech USC

“After thorough diligence on available retained sponge prevention solutions, we concluded the SurgiCount Safety Sponge System is the safest, easiest and most complete retained sponge solution available.”
Andrew Montgomery, VP of Supply Chain Management, LHP Hospital Group

“This guarantees we don’t leave anything behind. We’ll always do manual counts, but this gives us that additional support and keeps the receipt of what we’d done. It’s protection for the patients and the doctors.”
Dr. Steven Cabrales, Chief Medical Officer, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center

“By using this system, we intend to eliminate the chance of this happening to even one of our patients. The bar code system pays for itself many times over if we prevent just one retained sponge mishap.”
Patrick Branco, CEO, Ketchikan Medical Center

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“We had a big case with about 80 lap sponges. I had relieved towards the end of the case and upon my first final sponge count, all the bag pouches looked full. But the SurgiCounter said I was missing one. I thought to myself, ‘I’m not missing anything,’ but I carefully recounted every pouch. Lo and behold, in the middle of the sponge bags was one empty pouch – and the counter had picked it up. This was a positive experience that could have had a much worse outcome. So, it is worth using and highly recommended as a good safety measure.”

Kathy Collins, RN, O.R. Travel Nurse



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.

Retained surgical sponges occur in roughly a dozen patients a day in the U.S.17

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