New Wand Detects Surgical Instruments Left In Patients | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, a company called RF Surgical Systems of Bellevue, Wash., created the RF Surgical Detection System which is essentially a scanning wand that can be used by surgeons to find any tagged items remaining in a patient. Tags (or seeds) about the size of a rice grain are imbedded in gauze, sponges and the like. One wave of the wand over the patient will reveal if the coast is clear. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, retained objects were reported “1 in 8,801 to 1 in 18,760 inpatient…

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