Sunday, June 17, 2007

RFID Smart Sponge

RFID-enabled SmartSponge System receives Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance. ...

... "The ClearCount SmartSponge System is a novel, RFID-based solution that was designed after extensive work with nurses and surgeons at leading healthcare institutions. The SmartSponge System uses Texas Instruments Inc.'s Tag-it HF-I portfolio of high-frequency products to automate the process of managing surgical sponges during surgery. The sponges are permanently affixed with passive RFID tags smaller than a dime. Steve Fleck, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer added: Unlike other technologies, ClearCount's RFID-based SmartSponge System allows users to simultaneously count and differentiate between types of sponges. Additionally, since RFID does not require a line-of-sight between the reader and tags, there is no need to physically separate sponges or orient the tags in any way to scan them. This minimizes the handling of soiled sponges by nursing staff. " ...


Via ClearCount Medical Solutions: RFID Surgical Sponge Counting System to prevent retention of surgical sponges (PDF)

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