Technology | April 08, 2008

New Detection Tool Prevents Accidental Discarding of Surgical Instruments

The GuardianOR Surgical Instrument Detector by Medical Cost Containment Systems is a metal detector imbedded in the lid of a standard-sized hamper stand designed to alert medical staff if a metal object, including surgical instruments or tools, are accidentally discarded. The detector immediately emits a sound, alerting staff that an instrument was discarded, said the company.

The GuardianOR is key-operated, so only supervisors or other clinicians with possession of a key can reportedly active or de-activate the detector. The detector fits onto a 15” by 15” PVC hamper, a common size stand in many ORs, according to the company.