ClearCount Awarded Contract from HealthTrust Purchasing Group for SmartSponge® RFID Safety Technology Platform

ClearCount’s product portfolio for avoiding retained surgical items now available to all HealthTrust members

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, a leader in patient safety solutions, today announced an agreement with HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P., (HealthTrust), one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the U.S., to make its SmartSponge System platform available to HealthTrust members.

Under the terms of the agreement, HealthTrust not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites, will have access to the latest and most complete technology to avoid retained sponges.

ClearCount’s adio requency entification (RFID) based platform is the only technology available that provides a true closed-loop reconciliation of the surgical sponge count. All equipment and RFID tags are validated before use in each case. During surgery, sponges are individually tracked from the initial check-in through the out count. When called upon, the detection wand assists to quickly locate missing sponges. To date, this counting and detection approach has made retained sponges a true “Never Event” in every operating room where ClearCount’s technology has been implemented.

“ClearCount is very pleased to have been chosen for this contract award based on our shared values of providing great patient care while reducing overall healthcare costs,” said David Palmer, chief executive officer of ClearCount. “Our innovative and unique ‘count and detect’ technology provides HealthTrust members with an effective way to improve both patient safety and operating room efficiency.”

HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P., headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., is a group purchasing organization that supports nearly 1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites. With an annual purchasing volume by its members of more than $20 billion, HealthTrust is committed to obtaining the best price for clinically recommended products, ensuring their timely delivery, and continuously evaluating and improving its services to the patients, physicians and clinicians it serves. The website is .

ClearCount Medical Solutions is a leader in bringing innovative patient safety technology into operating rooms around the world. ClearCount’s award-winning RFID-based SmartSponge platform provides a complete solution, preventing dangerous retained sponges during surgery by individually identifying each sponge for superior count reconciliation and detection. The SmartSponge technology enhances existing counting protocols, confirming results and detecting/accounting for missing sponges to enhance productivity and improve patient safety. To learn more, visit .