ClearCount Medical Solutions announced an agreement with HealthTrust Purchasing Group L.P.to make its SmartSponge System platform available to HealthTrust members.
Under the terms of the agreement, HealthTrust not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites, will have access to ClearCount’s RFID based platform design to avoid retained sponges.
ClearCount’s RFID based platform provides a true closed-loop reconciliation of the surgical sponge count. All equipment and RFID tags are validated before use in each case. During surgery, sponges are individually tracked from the initial check-in through the out count.
When called upon, the detection wand assists to quickly locate missing sponges. To date, this counting and detection approach has made retained sponges a true “never event” in every operating room where ClearCount’s technology has been implemented.