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WHITE PAPER: RFID to help prevent retained surgical items (RSI)

Despite best efforts to prevent RSI events, they remain a persistent problem with costly implications to both the patient and the hospital. In most cases, inaccurate surgical counts of supplies are conducted at the end of the procedure, leaving the patient with an unknown fate that could resurface that night or years later. Although protocols and strategies have been implemented in hospitals across the globe, these manual processes are ineffective and extremely time consuming, sometimes occupying 14% of operative time. Operating rooms are extremely expensive to run, so every minute saved adds value.

Every year, thousands of patients are needlessly harmed or killed by RSI events. These events are
completely preventable when traditional methods are partnered with modern technology. RFID-enabled surgical items allow real-time verification of manual counts. From scissors to sponges, small RFID tags placed on items can reduce the risk of RSI events and provide peace of mind to the patient undergoing surgery. RFID provides item-level accountability so hospitals can quickly and accurately account for all items used in surgery, ensuring that nothing is left behind.

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