LHP Hospital Group (LHP), a provider of essential capital and expertise to not-for-profit hospitals and hospital systems, has implemented SurgiCount Medical’s Safety-Sponge system, which is designed to reduce surgical errors.

The SurgiCount Safety-Sponge system is clinically proven to help eliminate one of the most common, yet preventable, surgical errors – retained surgical sponges.

LHP vice president of supply chain Andrew Montgomery said that after thorough diligence on available retained sponge prevention solutions, the company concluded that the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge system is the safest, easiest and most complete retained sponge solution available.

"We are excited to get the system implemented in our hospitals and offer our patients and staff the benefits of its use," Montgomery added.

Foreign objects are estimated to represent up to 49.8% of all reported ‘never events’ during surgery, and surgical sponges are the most commonly retained item.

"We are excited to get the system implemented in our hospitals and offer our patients and staff the benefits of its use."

In the US, it is estimated that the number of retained sponge incidents could be as high as 4,000 per year, or 11 every day.

SurgiCount’s system is designed to enhance patient safety and also help reduce healthcare costs.

Patient Safety Technologies president and CEO Brian E Stewart said the company applauds LHP for taking this proactive step.

"They join a growing list of government, community and teaching facilities successfully utilising the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge system to improve their patient outcomes, reduce their preventable costs and protect their reimbursement revenues," Stewart added.

In cooperation with local hospitals, LHP Hospital Group forms joint ventures to acquire, own, operate and manage acute care facilities in small cities and select urban markets throughout the US.