what health care professionals have to
say about rf assure® detection technology
“We still do multiple counts of sponges and equipment before, during and after surgery. The new system adds another layer of safety.”
"The RF Surgical Detection System is used in addition to our patient safety practices, which are very stringent," explains Beth Russell, RN, CNOR, clinical leader in Edward's Surgery Department, which began using the system in December 2009. "We still do multiple counts of sponges and equipment before, during and after surgery. The new system adds another layer of safety."
— Beth Russell, RN, CNOR, Clinical Leader,
Edward's Surgery Department
“RF technology verifies practice and my staff have stated ‘given them a level of security about surgical counts that they never had before.’”
VA New England Health Care System has been using RF technology for 1 year. It was a transition and change in practice that initially the OR team, did not feel was necessary or would be too time consuming at a critical portion of the procedure. It took very little convincing after national data/research on retained sponges was presented to initiate a trail of the product. This adjunct technology to our counting practice benefits our patients and staff. Incorrect counts are not an uncommon occurrence in a any surgical setting, especially in a teaching institution. The technology allows for another level of trust for traditional counting practices even on correct counts. It allows the staff to wand areas of the room when and incorrect count occurs to locate a sponge. The years of "dumpster diving" and exposing staff to surgical waste and trash is decreased. As the manager of the Operating room, I look for technology to improve practice and safety for our patients and my staff. Another benefit of RF technology people have not considered is the reduction of a patient's exposure to unnecessary x-rays without consent intraoperatively when an incorrect count occurs. To the best of our ability, it is everyone's responsibility to keep a patient radiation exposure risk to a minimum and be cost effective to the institution in the performance and flow of patient care. I feel technology such as RF is available and I would be remiss as a manager not to have this adjunct system as part of our practice. My belief is that no one comes to work to cause harm to any patient and yet we know it can happen to the best perioperative nurses. RF technology verifies practice and my staff have stated "given them a level of security about surgical counts that they never had before".
— Faith Dorio RN, BSN, Nurse Manager OR and PACU,
VA New England Health Care System
“The system is especially helpful in those situations where time is of the essence.”
"The system is especially helpful in those situations where time is of the essence or if you're doing an exploratory procedure in which there's a larger incision and more area to monitor," says Gregory Grant, MD, Chair, Surgery Department, Edward Hospital and general surgeon, DuPage Surgical Consultants. "The new equipment is easy to use and gives surgeons, staff and the patient added assurance without getting in the way or lengthening the time for surgery."
— Gregory Grant, MD, Chair, Surgery Department, Edward Hospital
“It not only safeguards the patient, but provides the entire surgical team with the assurance that no surgical sponge has been left behind.”
"We place the highest priority on patient safety and this new system will allow us to significantly enhance our already established surgical protocols to prevent retained objects. We are taking a proactive approach by utilizing the RFID surgical sponge detection system in all our surgical areas. Our surgeons and nurses have been very impressed by the system's ease of use and its detection accuracy and range. It not only safeguards the patient, but provides the entire surgical team with the assurance that no surgical sponge has been left behind," stated Dr. M. Ali Khan, noted surgeon and President of the Medical Staff at Prince George's Hospital Center. "It is great to be a front runner with this new technology."
— Dr. M. Ali Khan, Surgeon, President of Medical Staff,
Prince George's Hospital Center
“The RF system saved us from a lot of issues as we were able to 'wand' the trash bags and find the sponges in there.”
"In my personal experience using the RF system, twice it has been used to find sponges that were inadvertently thrown in the trash. So, our first closing count was correct, and our second/final count was wrong. The RF system saved us from a lot of issues as we were able to 'wand' the trash bags and find the sponges in there."
— Eddy Wenzel, RN, CST, Methodist Hospital - Indianapolis, IN