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Study validates effectiveness of RFDS to improve patient safety

RF Surgical Systems : 09 August, 2012  (Company News)
RF Surgical Systems reports the recent publication of the largest prospective study to validate the effectiveness of Radio-Frequency Surgical Detection Systems (RFDS) in the Journal of American College of Surgeons.
The study, conducted at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, enrolled 2,285 patients and deployed RF Surgical Detection technology to assess the use of a radiofrequency detection system (RFDS) into existing laparotomy sponge and Raytec-counting protocols for the detection of RSI's.



Clinicians performing the RFDS scan were asked to rate their experience with the RFDS system, including confidence level, ease of use, and overall usefulness for each patient. Clinician



Staff findings included the following:


  • 95 percent of the Operating Room Staff felt that RF Surgical Detection Technology improved confidence in sponge counts.

  • 97.2 percent felt the RF Detection System was easy to use.

  • 99.5 percent reported that the RF Detection System did not interrupt the closing process.



"Although other strategies exist as adjuncts to manual counting protocols, the incorporation of RFDS was well received by our operative personnel for efficiency, exceptional ease of use, and overall effectiveness," said Dr Rupp.



Overall, the study concluded that not only is RFDS a positive addition to operating room protocol, but also helps to identify risk factors for miscounts and at-risk surgical populations.
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