HACKENSACK, N.J., Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to further increase patient safety and reduce error rates, HackensackUMC recently announced the implementation of the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® in its Operating Rooms. The SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® is a product of SurgiCount Medical, Inc., the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:PSTX, OTCQB:PSTX). This system provides a solution proven to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs by preventing one of the most common errors in surgery, retained foreign objects.
"We are dedicated to continually striving to improve the standards of care we provide to our patients. By implementing the use of bar-coded sponges, we increase safety and diminish the chance of accidentally retained foreign objects," said Adrian Barbul, M.D., chairman, Department of Surgery, HackensackUMC.
Affixed to every Safety-Sponge is an inseparable two-dimensional data matrix-bar code. During the initial and final counts in the operating room, each sponge is scanned using the SurgiCounter technology. Because each sponge is identified with a unique code, the SurgiCounter will not allow the same sponge to be counted more than once. When counts have been completed at the end of a procedure, patient-specific reports can be downloaded into the Citadel database for easy review and for integration with the institution's MIS system.
HackensackUMC already has a reputation for patient safety, and taking these simple precautions only makes it safer. "Another important factor in deciding to use this system was ease of implementation," explains Massimo M. Napolitano, M.D., chief, Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC. "Our nurses and operating room staff have made a seamless transition with just two simple steps in their daily routine."
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