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New Technology Designed to Prevent Retained Surgical Sponges

Last April, we posted a blog entitled "What Steps Do Hospitals Take to Avoid Retained Surgical Items?" While this remains a necessary component of patient safety in the OR, new technologies have been released in recent years to further minimize this risk. These new technologies are an important step to help prevent these surgical "never events" from happening. These technologies include computer-assisted sponge count devices, radiofrequency detection systems, and radiofrequency identification systems.

What Steps Do Hospitals Take to Avoid Retained Surgical Items?

There are certain things that should never happen when you go into surgery. These are aptly referred to as "never events" because of its seriousness and preventable nature. An example of this would be retained surgical items, such as sponges, needles, and components of a surgical device.

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