Effectiveness of Radio-Frequency Surgical Detection Technology Validated as an Adjunct to Manual Counting Protocols for Tracking Surgical Sponges

. published in The Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Effectiveness of Radio-Frequency Surgical Detection Technology Validated as an Adjunct to Manual Counting Protocols for Tracking Surgical Sponges

<0> Knight Marketing Communications, Ltd. for RF SurgicalKevin Knight, 972-385-9384orRF Surgical Systems, Inc. </0>

., the leader in prevention and detection of (RSI), today announced the recent publication of the largest prospective study to validate the effectiveness of Radio-Frequency Surgical Detection Systems (RFDS) in the Journal of American College of Surgeons.

The study, conducted at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, enrolled 2,285 patients and deployed RF Surgical Detection technology to assess the use of a radiofrequency detection system (RFDS) into existing laparotomy sponge and Raytec-counting protocols for the detection of RSI’s.

Clinicians performing the RFDS scan were asked to rate their experience with the RFDS system, including confidence level, ease of use, and overall usefulness for each patient. Clinician Staff findings included the following:

“Although other strategies exist as adjuncts to manual counting protocols, the incorporation of RFDS was well received by our operative personnel for efficiency, exceptional ease of use, and overall effectiveness,” said Dr. Rupp.

Overall, the study concluded that not only is RFDS a positive addition to operating room protocol, but also helps to identify risk factors for miscounts and at-risk surgical populations. The study abstract can be viewed at .

The complete study is available at .

RF Surgical Systems, Inc. is the market leader in the detection and prevention of retained surgical items. The RF Surgical Detection Technology uses a revolutionary low energy, low radio frequency signal to achieve superior in-vivo detection in subjects of varying body habitus. The RF Surgical Detection System is the preferred solution in more than 2,500 operating rooms, trauma and labor and delivery suites nationwide. RF Surgical Systems is based in Bellevue, Washington with R & D facilities in San Diego, California. The advanced technologies used in the RF Surgical Detection System are protected by U.S. patents. Regulatory clearance to market the system was granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in November 2006. Additional information about RF Surgical Systems, Inc., can be found at .

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