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January 2011

Ohio Hospital Collaboration Reports Substantial Savings, Increased Safety and Reduction in Infections.

Solutions for Patient Safety, a collaborative of eight children’s hospitals and 17 Central Ohio hospitals, just released a report demonstrating the collaborative has led to more than $12.8 million in health care savings, more than 900 fewer patient days spent in the hospital and nearly 3,600 fewer adverse drug events and infections in children. The Cardinal Health Foundation is one of the main funders.

Cardinal Health Independent Clinical Research Confirms Clinical Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System

Highlighting results of a multi-year, independent clinical research study on retained surgical sponges published in the February edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The study showed that the institution implementing a data matrix bar code sponge counting system eliminated the occurrence of retained surgical sponges and the costs associated with these preventable surgical errors.  

Key results from the study, which evaluated the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System, include:

  •         Prior to implementation, a retained surgical sponge occurred at the institution on average every 64 days. During the study, 87,404 procedures were performed over 18 months using 1,862,373 data matrix bar code sponges and none were retained.  
  •        Use of the data matrix bar code sponge counting system caused no workflow disruption or increase in case duration.
  •        Staff satisfaction with the data matrix bar code sponge counting system was acceptable with a high degree of trust in the system.
  •        The data matrix bar code sponge counting system was found to be highly reliable and cost-effective.

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