News | July 25, 2007

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Implements Surgical Detection System

July 26, 2007 – RF Surgical Systems Inc. recently announced that the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) will be among the first medical centers in the country to fully implement the RF Surgical Detection System in its operating rooms.

The patented and FDA-approved RF Surgical Detection System scans for and signals an alert if any RF DetectTM tagged surgical sponges, gauze or towels remain in a patient prior to surgical closing procedures.

Retained surgical sponges are one of the leading patient safety concerns in hospitals—occurring at an estimated rate of 1 in every 1,000 to 1,500 intra-abdominal surgeries, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Consistently ranked among the best hospitals in America, HUP was asked to participate in the clinical evaluation of the RF Surgical Detection System because of its long- standing commitment to advancing patient care. “During its trial, our surgical teams were impressed by the system’s ease of use, accuracy and detection range across a wide variety of surgical cases,” commented Larry Kaiser, M.D., Surgeon-in-Chief at HUP. “It worked flawlessly and did not impede our workflow. By adopting this leading-edge technology in our hospital, we are setting a new standard of patient safety and efficiency in the OR.”

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