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Seeking surgical count sheet suggestions

We have been using the same surgical count sheets for the past 15 years. Anyone have any suggestions on templates or improvements for intraoperative sponge, sharp and instrument counts? Thanks.

Started by: Denise Yeager (OR Manager/Supervisor) at June 30, 2014 (3:17 pm)

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We are deciding whether it is necessary to document the time the surgical count started. Is this a regulatory mandate?

Diana Lopez-Zang (Other) at October 22, 2018 (2:45 pm)

We do a manual count as well as using the Surgicount System. This system is an extra protection for the patient as well as staff and physicians. It is barcoded. A physical report also provides proof the count was done using the Surgicount System.

Pamela Schlageter (OR Manager/Supervisor) at July 2, 2014 (2:27 pm)

The best one I've ever used was one with numbered boxes that you could easily keep a running tally of needles.
This past weekend I was at a Stryker Inservice and was told about their new SurgiCount barcoding sponge counting device which sounds absolutely fantastic. This device uses barcoding technology to register the sponges opened and then accounts for them at the end of the case. It eliminates the extra sponge or 1-less sponge packs or the sponge left from a previous case being counted. Definitely something to check out. Arlene D

Arlene D. (OR Manager/Supervisor) at July 1, 2014 (12:05 pm)

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