Hackensack University Medical Center in the US has selected the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge system to improve patient safety and reduce error rates in its operating rooms.

The sponge counting and documentation system designed to increase the accuracy of sponge counts performed in hospitals.

The Safety-Sponge system consists of a line of surgical sponges and towels, the SurgiCounter touch-screen scanning device and Citadel, a networked database application.

The system will label each sponge with a serial number embedded in a data matrix bar code and scans them during initial and final count in operating room.

The Safety-Sponge system will not count same sponge more than once as each one is identified with unique code.

At the end of the procedure, patient-specific reports are downloaded into the Citadel database and then reviewed and integrated with the institution’s MIS system.

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Hackensack University Medical Center department of surgery chairman Adrian Barbul said that by implementing the use of bar-coded sponges, they increase safety and diminish the chance of accidentally retained foreign objects.

Patient Safety Technologies president and CEO Brian Stewart said that Hackensack had taken initiative to improve safety of their patients and help eliminate unnecessary costs by implementing clinically proven solution.

"We are proud to support Hackensack’s long history of leadership at the forefront of healthcare and technology," Stewart said.

Hackensack University Medical Center is a 775-bed not-for-profit, tertiary care, teaching and research hospital.

SurgiCount Medical is a wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies.