How Is RFID Being Used to Detect Retained Medical Objects Following Surgery?

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Ask The ExpertsHow Is RFID Being Used to Detect Retained Medical Objects Following Surgery?
RFID Journal Staff asked 4 years ago

Can you please provide a few use cases?

—Jim

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Jim,

Radio frequency identification is often used to detect medical objects left behind in a patient during surgery. The most common items left behind are sponges. RF Surgical Systems developed a system more than 10 years ago (see Medline Markets RF System for Surgical Sponges). This solution was eventually acquired by Medtronic, which I believe still offers it.

ClearCount Medical Solutions, based in Pittsburgh, Penn., had developed a similar system for tracking sponges in the operating room. That company appears to have gone out of business, however, as its website no longer exists.

Haldor Advanced Technologies offers its ORLocate system for tracking sponges and medical instruments (see ORLocate RFID-enabled System for Surgical Sponges and Instruments Gets FDA Clearance).

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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