The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, an in- and outpatient care facility in Northeast Ohio, has partnered with ClearCount Medical Solutions to implement its RFID-based platform designed to prevent retained surgical sponge incidents.
The ClearCount SmartSponge System works in conjunction with the SmartWand-DTX to identify each sponge in an operating room, so that they are easily counted and detected. Special sponges affixed with an RFID tag transmit any count discrepancies. If a discrepancy occurs, SmartWand handheld is used to identify the remaining sponges located in the patient.
The SmartSponge System along with the SmartWand-DTX are both FDA-cleared, enabling staff to operate at an exceptional level of patient safety, while also provide a safer and more efficient method for reconciling surgical counts.
The SmartSponge system saves time, prevents unnecessary X-rays, reduces the possibility of user error, minimizes delays in procedures and reduces the hassles associated with count discrepancies.