ClearCount Medical Solutions has selected NXP RFID solutions to enable its SmartSponge System. The SmartSponge System detects and accounts for surgical
sponges placed in a patient's body when undergoing surgery, so that no items
are "left behind" for patient safety.
The SmartSponge System is comprised of RFID-enabled
surgical sponges, an embedded RFID reader within automated software accounting
system, an accompanying SmartWand to detect sponges accidently retained within
the body and a disposal system to account for discarded sponges.
Each surgical SmartSponge is uniquely identifiable
with a serial number that can be acquired wirelessly, even if accidently left
within the body, by waving the SmartWand over the patient. RFID-enabled
SmartSponges are packaged in pre-defined quantities. As the package is waved
over an RFID reader, the unique serial numbers of the SmartSponges are read and
the system ensures a match with the pre-determined package count. A SmartBucket
configured with an RFID reader enables the ClearCount system to directly
account for and reconcile all sponges entering into and exiting the sterile
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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