RF Surgical Systems Inc. (RFS), the market leader in retained surgical
item detection, debuted the RF Assure Delivery System for improving
birth safety this week at the 2014 AORN national meeting of
perioperative nurses in Chicago. The new system is specifically designed
to prevent retained surgical sponges that are used during labor and
An estimated 22 percent of retained surgical sponges - more than 1,000
annually - are accidentally left inside patients during standard vaginal
deliveries. This can cause infections, additional surgery and
unnecessary stress. When properly used, the RF Assure Delivery System
minimizes the risk of retained sponges by tracking a radio frequency tag
sewn into the corner of each sponge. Since 2006, this Patented
technology has dramatically reduced retained surgical sponge incidents
in more than 300 U.S. hospitals.
"Tracking surgical sponges with this highly sensitive technology adds
minimal cost to a surgery or birth, but pays enormous dividends in peace
of mind, patient care and reduced liability," said Dr. Berto Lopez, an
obstetrician-gynecologist and chief of the safety committee at West Palm
Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida. "Part of our childbirth protocol
after delivery is to weigh the baby and scan the mother for retained
sponges. Everyone enefits and is more relaxed."
Unlike the standard RF Assure Detection System that uses a mat and wand
to track surgical sponges in patients who are lying down, the RF Assure
Delivery System is optimized for women in child birth position. After
birth, it is easy for clinicians to scan the mother's pelvic region with
the handheld Verisphere™. In only 15 seconds they can be confident their
bodies are free of surgical sponges.
"Most doctors and parents agree the birth of a child is a family's most
important event. Our goal is to make sure retained surgical sponges
don't harm that experience or cause avoidable health problems," said RF
Surgical CEO John Buhler.
The RF Assure Delivery System begins shipping to hospitals by July 2014.
About RF Surgical Systems, Inc.
RF Surgical Systems, Inc. is the market leader in the detection and
prevention of retained surgical items. The RF Surgical Detection System
is the preferred solution in more than 300 U.S. hospitals and surgical
centers. A number of US News & World Report "Honor Roll" hospital
recipients recently joined the fast-growing list of care providers
benefiting from the RF Surgical Detection Technology.
RF Surgical Systems is based in Carlsbad, California. U.S. patents
protect the advanced technologies used in the RF Surgical Detection
System. 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 www.rfsurg.com.
AORN is a non-profit membership association based in Denver, Colorado,
that represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses
by providing nursing education, standards, and clinical practice
resources - including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication AORN
Journal - to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative
and other invasive procedures. AORN's 44,000 registered nurse members
manage, teach, and practice perioperative nursing, are enrolled in
nursing education, or are engaged in perioperative research. We define
and advance best nursing practices for surgical patients by researching
and distributing scientifically based recommendations.
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