Making it Count: Using Technology to Prevent Retained Surgical Items

“1, 2, 3, 4…. We’re missing a sponge…Let’s count again.” Does this conversation sound familiar? Manual surgical counts are a standard procedure for every surgical case, but studies show that incidences of retained surgical items (RSIs) continue to occur even when the count has been reported as correct. In this final interview of Season 7, we tackle the topic of surgical counts and adjunct technology with Hannah Elmblad, Director of Customer Excellence at Stryker. In this interview we’ll talk about the prevalence of RSIs, discuss the AORN Guidelines, and find out the benefits of adding technology to your counting process. Don’t miss this interview!

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