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sponge management.

The Situate™ system is a powerful patient safety tool that reliably locates missing and retained surgical sponges. With accuracy and efficiency that far surpasses X-rays 1, this adjunct technology is a reliable sponge management solution for hospitals.



Eleven patients almost had a surgical sponge left inside their body after emergency surgery. But they didn’t. Because LAC + USC Medical Center was using the Situate™ detection system, and it identified the sponges — including two when the count was thought to be correct.6

LAC + USC joins a growing number of hospitals using the Situate™ systems as an essential component in their sponge management protocols. They’ve been convinced by the clinical and economic data about retained surgical sponges, and evidence that shows how the Situate™ system helps prevent them.


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helps protect mothers
during delivery

The problem of retained surgical sponges is not unique to the OR. In fact, 22% of retained surgical sponges are left in the vagina.8

That’s why we developed a sponge management solution designed specifically to protect new mothers: the Situate™ delivery system. It employs the same technology as our detection system, with similar benefits.

Dr. Hector Chapa, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Medicine, discusses those benefits in his paper, “Improving Patient Care by Reducing Retained Sponges During Vaginal Deliveries.”9

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1. Steelman VM. Sensitivity of detection of radiofrequency surgical sponges: a prospective, cross-over study. Am J Surg. 2011;201(2):233–237.

2. Mehtsun WT, Ibrahim AM, Diener-West M, Pronovost PJ, Makary MA. Surgical never events in the United States. Surgery. 2013;153(4):465–472.

3. Average number of minutes and compared to manual counting alone. Williams TL, Tung DK, Steelman VM, Chang PK, Szekendi MK. Retained surgical sponges: findings from incident reports and a cost-benefit analysis of radiofrequency technology. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2014.

4. Lauwers PR, Hee RHV. Intraperitoneal gossypibomas: the need to count sponges. World Journal of Surgery. 2000;24(5):521–527.

5. Compared to manual counting alone. Steelman VM. Sensitivity of detection of radiofrequency surgical sponges: a prospective, cross-over study. The American Journal of Surgery. 2011;201:233–237.

6. Inaba K, Okoye O, Aksoy H, et al. The role of radio frequency detection system embedded surgical sponges in preventing retained surgical sponges: A prospective evaluation in patients undergoing emergency surgery. Ann Surg. 2016 July 18. [Epub ahead of print]

7. Cima RR, Kollengode A, Garnatz J, Storsveen A, Weisbrod C, Deschamps C. Incidence and characteristics of potential and actual retained foreign object events in surgical patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2008;207(1):80–87. doi:doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2007.12.047.

8. Gawande AA, Studdert DM, Orav EJ, Brennan TA, Zinner MJ. Risk factors for retained instruments and sponges after surgery. N Engl J Med. 2003;348(3):229–235.

9. Chapa H. Improving patient care by reducing retained sponges during vaginal deliveries. Ob.Gyn. News. Published Aug. 29, 2016. Accessed Dec. 21, 2016.

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