Bar Codes to Keep Surgical Objects Outside


A lot of cases are heard when after few days of surgery it is found that some items like sponges, small instruments etc are left inside the patient. This is a big problem for both doctors and patient. Patient can experience pain and develop serious problems while doctors may land in legal trouble and get a bad name. To prevent this potentially deadly problem, a new technology is developed that can help its surgical teams keep track of all sponges used during a surgical procedure. Each sponge has a unique bar code affixed to it that is scanned by a high-tech device to obtain a count. Before a procedure begins, the identification number of the patient and the badge of the surgical team member maintaining the count are scanned into the counter. When a sponge is removed from a patient, it is scanned back into the system.

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