Some years ago, RFID systems were being offered to track swabs and sponges in operating theatres. Were they successful, and are they still being offered?
Trials and early implementations of sponge-tracking solutions were successful.
ClearCount Medial Solutions appears to have gone out of business, as its website no longer exists. I found one mention on the Web of ClearCount being acquired, but I could not determine who acquired it. Haldor Advanced Technologies, still offers its ORLocate sponge-tracking system. RF Surgical’s system was acquired by Medtronic, which I believe still offers it. We reported in 2006 that Medline was offering a sponge-tracking system (see Medline Markets RF System for Surgical Sponges). However, I see no evidence on the company’s website that it still sells this technology.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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