Stryker has announced the launch of SurgiCount+ safety-sponge system—its next-generation surgical sponge-counting technology.
SurgiCount+ allows healthcare providers to count and scan sponges and connect to hospital electronic medical records (EMRs). It is designed to assist with sponge management, a leading safety concern in the operating room (OR) due to inadequate tools, manual processes and inconsistent practices, says Stryker.
According to research published in the British Medical Journal, one out of every 11 cases has a missing sponge. Current data also show sponges are the number one retained surgical item – occurring 11 times a day in the US alone. This negatively impacts patients and causes millions of dollars in costs for hospitals each year.
Mike Carlin, vice president and general manager of Stryker’s Surgical Technologies business, said: “Stryker is collaborating with surgical teams across the country to create safer ORs and equip healthcare providers with the tools needed to avoid retained surgical sponges.
“We want healthcare providers to know they can count on us to make zero retained surgical sponges the expectation and reality and provide certainty when they need it most.”