SurgiCount Safety-Sponge Keeps Used Medical Supplies Out of Your Body
Since about a thousand sponges are left inside patients
who undergo surgery each year, SurgiCount is trying to sell this "Safety-Sponge System" which uses a 2D barcode system on each sponge and a handheld scanner to keep track of every sponge utilized. It's a great idea, but since it's likely the sponges would have to be purchased from SurgiCount, it's hard to say how much cost the system would add to a busy operating room.
Of course, it would only have to cost less than the malpractice payouts for those who find themselves with a rogue sponge inside their bodies, which often lead to infection or worse.
[SurgiCountMedical.com via Oh Gizmo
via 7 Gadgets
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