Safety-Sponge Products

Eliminating retained surgical sponges 
is what counts.


Five to 10 billion barcodes are scanned worldwide daily. Providing enhanced safety, barcodes communicate the pathway of every scanned item making it among the most trusted standards in history.8 It’s no surprise that hospitals using our individually-coded Safety-Sponge and SAFE-T Lap products have conducted 11 million procedures since 2009 without any retained sponges.

Safety: the heart of Safety-Sponge and SAFE-T Lap products

  • Each sponge or towel has it own individual barcode for 100% identification accuracy
  • Each pack has a unique master tag barcode containing data for all sponges within; also enables a quick “IN” count
  • Triggers an audible and visual recognition cue for each item scanned
  • Exceeds the industry-required barium strip by also incorporating radiopaque threads
  • Clinically proven to help eliminate retained surgical sponges in the largest non-sponsored study published to date on retained foreign objects2
  • Uses universally-trusted barcode technology which also supports compliance with the FDA’s UDI mandate11

Polyurethane teflon tag wicks away blood and fluids for easy scanning, and can be successfully scanned even with fluid present.

SAFE-T Lap’s barium strip plus radiopaque threads enhance x-ray detectability over barium strip alone

The average malpractice impact for retained surgical instruments, including corrective surgery, indemnity payments and legal costs, is $600,000 or $94.50 per procedure,12 whereas the SurgiCount System only adds an average of $8-$10 per procedure.13

Unintentionally retained surgical items, despite correct counts, is among ECRI’s 2016 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns and repeatedly remains the Joint Commission’s top sentinel event.9,29

SurgiCount Tablet

Accounting for the status of each and every unique sponge.

SurgiCount360 Software

Virtually limitless individual, aggregate and customizable reports.

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