New technology tracks medical sponges at New Prague hospital 22 Mar 12

In an effort to reduce the number of foreign objects left behind in patients undergoing surgery, Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague has implemented a cutting-edge system that digitally tracks medical sponges.

The SurgiCount Safety Sponge System uses a scanner similar to that of a grocery store to scan the unique bar code on every sponge before and after surgery. The sponges are used to absorb liquids from a surgical site, and if left behind can lead to infections, pain and other complications.

Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague had in place a strict policy on counting sponges before implementing the scanning system. The organization will be the first medical facility in the region to incorporate the new technology. The system will also be employed at Mayo’s Mankato location.