Where's the Scalpel?

  • October 26, 2010

Surgeons sometimes leave instruments or sponges inside their patients, typically necessitating a second surgery to retrieve these inadvertent souvenirs. A new system uses portable antennas located around the operating table that read button-size RFID tags attached to the items used in surgery. This automates the tracking process, so that physicians preparing to sew a patient up can be sure nothing’s been left behind.

Product: ORLocate
Cost: $99,500 per operating room
Availability: Now
Companies: Haldor Advanced Technologies

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