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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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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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.
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9. Chapa H. Improving patient care by reducing retained sponges during vaginal deliveries. Ob.Gyn. News. http://www.mdedge.com/obgynnews/article/112018/clinical-update-improving-patient-care-reducing-retained-sponges-during. Published Aug. 29, 2016. Accessed Dec. 21, 2016.
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