Home >  News >  March, 2016

Stryker Guarantees Its Sponge-Scanning System Will Prevent Retained Items

Company announces "SurgiCount Promise" multi-million dollar risk-sharing program.

Published: March 23, 2016

SAFETY GUARANTEED When used as directed, SurgiCount is 100% reliable, says Stryker.

Every day, OR teams nationwide leave about a dozen surgical sponges inside their patients. But none of them, a company is willing to bet, will be your patients if you use the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System. Stryker, the system's manufacturer, all but guarantees it with a multi-million dollar risk-sharing program it announced today.

Under the "SurgiCount Promise," the company is agreeing to stake up to $5 million in legal costs for any provider whose patient suffers a retained sponge during surgeries in which the sponge-scanning system was properly used.

In addition to the product liability protection, Stryker will also refund SurgiCount customers the cost of implementing the system in the event of its catastrophic failure.

"The SurgiCount Promise gives participating hospitals complete confidence to invest in patient safety by shifting product-cost risk to us," says Stryker Surgical Vice President and General Manager Dylan Crotty.

What makes SurgiCount a highly accountable adjunct to manual counts? Three things, says the company: individual bar-code identification of each sponge and towel used in a case; its mobile, easy-to-read, real-time scanner; and its documentation of verified correct counts in its system management software.

More than 480 U.S. hospitals have used the system in more than 9 million cases since 2011, Stryker notes, and not a single sponge out of the 170 million handled was left behind.

David Bernard


Also in the News...

Joint Commission Has Zero Tolerance for Poor Hand Hygiene
Kentucky Plastic Surgeon Arrested for Allegedly Arriving at Hospital Intoxicated
Lawsuit: VA Hospital Left Scalpel Inside Army Vet's Abdomen
Single-OR Facilities Must Adhere to the Same Quality Standards as Licensed ASCs
Lawsuit: Scrub Nurse Photographed Coworker Nude in OR
Study Examines the Ergonomics of Surgery and its Adverse Effects on Physicians
Nurse Sues Prominent Ophthalmologist for Assault Over Violent Incident Caught on Security Camera

New to Outpatient Surgery Magazine?
Sign-up to continue reading this article.
Register Now
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

Thinking of Buying ... Spinal Surgery Tables

What to look for if you're adding or expanding spine surgery services.

Product News

Product News