University of North Carolina Hospitals are using RFID technology to eliminate medical errors and enhance patient safety in operating rooms, according Healthcare IT News.
UNC Hospitals are using the RF Assure Detection System from RF Surgical Systems, based out of Washington. The system uses RFID detection technology to account for surgical sponges and other materials to prevent items from being left behind inside a patient post-surgery.
With one-button scanning, the RF Assure Detection System validates sponge count which not only reduces the risk of retained sponges, but also limits staff exposure to biological hazardous materials with reduced handing of soiled sponges. The system is able to locate the missing sponge in linen and trash bins, through blood, dense tissue, bone and metal.
Using RFID detection eliminates manual counting procedures or additional time consuming processes, and it gives staff confidence that no foreign objects were left in the patient.
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