RF Assure® DETECTION TECHNOLOGY: CLINICALLY PROVEN SAFETY, ACCURACY AND COST EFFECTIVENESS

Study results support the RF Assure Detection System's accuracy, ease of use, efficiency and overall performance in real clinical environments.

The Hidden Costs of Reconciling Surgical Sponge Counts

The financial impact of miscount inefficiency

Steelman et al. AORN Journal, 2015.

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Victoria M. Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Ann G. Schaapveld, BSN, RN, Yelena Perkhounkova, PhD, Hillary E. Storm, MSN, RN, CNOR, Michelle Mathias, BSN, RN. "The Hidden Costs of Reconciling Surgical Sponge Counts." n.d.: n. pag. AORN Journal. Web. 12 Nov 2015.

Preventing Retained Surgical Sponges: Clinical and Economic Considerations

A General Surgery News Special Report

Boyd, Lottenberg, General Surgery News 2015.

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Boyd, Carl, MD, and Larry Lottenberg, MD. "Preventing Retained Surgical Sponges: Clinical and Economic Considerations." n.d.: n. pag. General Surgery News. Web. 16 June 2015.

A review of the incidence, risk factors, morbidity, and implications of retained vaginal sponges, and the technology available to help prevent them.

AN UNWANTED POSTPARTUM GIFT: THE ISSUE OF RETAINED VAGINAL SPONGES AND GAUZES AFTER VAGINAL BIRTH

Chapa, Gynecol Obstet (Sunnyvale) 2014.

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Chapa H (2014) An Unwanted Postpartum Gift: The Issue of Retained Vaginal Sponges and Gauzes after Vaginal Birth. Gynecol Obstet (Sunnyvale) 4: 252. doi:10.4172/2161-0932.1000252.

Cost savings and cost avoidance outweigh implementation costs at a rate of greater than 3:1.

RETAINED SURGICAL SPONGES: FINDINGS FROM INCIDENT REPORTS AND A COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF RADIO FREQUENCY TECHNOLOGY

Williams et al. JACS, 2014.

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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), doi: 10.1016/ j.jamcollsurg.2014.03.052.

No retained surgical sponges in 2,285 cases when RF Surgical Detection Technology was employed as an adjunct to manual sponge counting.

Effectiveness of Radio Frequency Surgical Detection as an Adjunct to Manual Tracking of Operative Sponges: A Prospective Trial of 2,285 Patients

Rupp et al. JACS, 2012.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine: Christopher C. Rupp, MD; Mary J. Kagarise, RN, MSPH; Anthony A. Meyer, MD, PhD; Hong Jin Kim, MD.

University of North Carolina Hospitals; Stella M. Nelson, RN, MA; Susan Phillips, RN, MBA, CNOR; Janet Chadwick, RN, MBA; Tamara Petty, RN.

100% sensitivity and specificity far surpasses surgical counts and X-rays.

Sensitivity of detection of radio frequency surgical sponges: a prospective, cross-over study

Steelman et al. AMJSURG, 2011.

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Victoria M. Steelman, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.O.R., F.A.A.N. *A Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development, VA Quality Scholar Fellowship; b Center for Research in the Implementation of Innovative Strategies in Practice, VA Medical Center, Iowa City, IA, US.

A solution to prevent "never events" and enhance patient safety.

Assessment of Radio Frequency Device Sensitivity for the Detection of Retained Surgical Sponges in Patients with Morbid Obesity

Steelman et al. ARCH SURG, 2010

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Victoria M. Steelman, PhD; Mohammad H. Alasagheirin, MSN, RN, College of Nursing, The University of Iowa, Iowa City.