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RFID- No More Sponges Left in YOU During an Operation

4 October 2006 at 11:12:23 PM

Another interesting piece of RFID news, in this case I kind of like it- the operating room personnel would pass a wand over your knocked out body to make sure they didn't leave some tool inside before they sew you up.

According to Alex Macario, MD, of the Stanford University Medical Center (Palo Alto, CA), each year an estimated 1500 objects are left inside patients. “Two-thirds of all objects left in the body cavity are sponges,” he says. “The risk of retention of a foreign body after surgery significantly increases in emergencies, when unplanned changes in procedure occur, and in patients with higher body-mass indexes.” Macario says that sponges could stay undiscovered in the body for decades, but they can also lead to infection, intestinal obstruction, or death.

A recent feasibility study led by Macario found that sponges embedded with RFID tags could be identified and accounted for more easily than the traditional method.

The tagged sponges, made by Clear Count Medical Systems (Pittsburgh), also include an RFID reader wand that surgical teams can pass over the body of the patient. “The system works well because it provides two types of information: it tells the reader how many items are present and what type of sponge they are,” says Gautam Gandhi, cofounder of Clear Count. Macario explains that the tags are programmed with certain types of data, including the type of sponge, inventory number, and date of manufacture.

Hopefully they would find it BEFORE you're sewed up, but maybe you'd get to ride FREE on a toll Road!

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