In 2006, Cardinal Health signed a national distribution agreement with SurgiCount Medical, a wholly owned subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc., to make available its patented Safety Sponge(TM) System to hospitals and surgery centers across the country through its Presource® surgical kits and trays.
SurgiCount's patented computer-assisted counting process has a positive impact on the prevention of retained sponge incidents and patient safety. Working much like a grocery store checkout system, every surgical sponge and towel is pre-labeled by the manufacturer with an individual and unique bar- coded label, and a scanning counter is used to read and record the labels. No change is required in a hospital's established counting procedures: sponges are counted and recorded by the system at the beginning of the procedure and again as they are removed from the patient. It is the only computer-assisted system for counting sponges cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA.
"It is a privilege to partner with hospitals such as UCSF to support their efforts to improve patient safety in the operating room," said Brik Eyre, president of Cardinal Health's Presource® Products and Services business.
"We are very excited about bringing aboard the
Source: Cardinal Health, Inc.