IRVINE, Calif., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SurgiCount Medical, Inc., the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: PSTX), today announced that Ketchikan Medical Center (KMC) in Ketchikan, Alaska will become the first hospital in the PeaceHealth system to implement the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System. The SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System provides a clinically proven solution to help prevent one of the most common surgical errors, retained surgical sponges. Estimated to occur as often as one in every 8,000 surgical procedures, retained surgical sponges are the most commonly reported surgical Adverse Event.
"We want that number to be zero," said Patrick Branco , CEO of Ketchikan Medical Center. "By using this system, we intend to eliminate the chance of this happening to even one of our patients."
"This technology enhances our already proven counting system by adding a real-time quality measure," said OR Nurse Manager Kimm Schwartz . "KMC has a good patient safety record, so by taking this simple precaution we're making it even safer for our patients—providing them with even more peace of mind."
PeaceHealth plans to put the SurgiCount system in place in each of its hospitals over the coming months. Although a number of other hospitals in the northwest are now using the system, PeaceHealth will be the first in the region to implement the technology system-wide in all of its hospitals.
Commenting on the cost of the system, Branco says that the bar code system "pays for itself many times over if we prevent just one retained sponge mishap for one of our patients."
"We are thrilled to add Ketchikan Medical Center and the PeaceHealth hospital system to our growing list of users who are taking the initiative to improve the safety of their patients and help eliminate unnecessary costs by implementing a simple, safe and clinically-proven solution to prevent retained surgical sponges," stated Brian E. Stewart , President and CEO of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. "We are proud to support them as they stay on the forefront of healthcare and technology."