IU Health Researchers Present Data on RF Surgical Technology at AORN Congress

Indiana University Health researchers presented results from a prospective study that showed use of RF Surgical technology over a four-year period led to zero retained surgical items.


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In addition to manual surgical counts, the OR team waved the RF Surgical Detection System wand over the patient to verify count accuracy or to account for any discrepancies. An audible and visible alarm would alert the surgical team if a sponge or other material fitted with an RF tag is inside a patient's body. In addition to the prospective data, IU Health researchers reported zero retained surgical items in a separate retrospective evaluation of RF Surgical technology.

The data was presented at the 59th Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Congress.

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