Independent Clinical Research

The clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the Stryker SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System was validated in the largest clinical study ever conducted on retained foreign objects. Performed at one of the most world renown healthcare facilities in the world and published in the February 2011 edition of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, this multi-year study explored the underlying causes behind retained surgical sponges and the occurrence rate of this error, as well as conducted a thorough examination of the clinical efficiency, ergonomics, impact on operative time, cost effectiveness, staff satisfaction and impact on work flow of the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System.

Key Results and Conclusions:
  • Prior to implementation of the solution, a retained surgical sponge occurred at this institution an average of one out of every 64 days. Use of the Safety-Sponge System eliminated retained sponges immediately upon implementation and throughout the entire 18 months of the study. During this time, more than 87,400 procedures were performed using a total of 1,862,373 Safety-Sponges.
  • The use of the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System did not cause workflow disruption nor was there an increase in case duration
  • Hospital staff satisfaction with the system was acceptable with a high degree of trust in this solution
  • The Safety-Sponge System was found to be highly reliable, cost-effective and improved patient safety
February 2011 Joint Commission Journal

 February 2011 Join Comission Journal

The product highlighted in the cover story “Eliminating Retained Surgical Sponges” and that was researched in the clinical study titled Using a Data-Matrix-Coded Sponge Counting System Across a Surgical Practice: Impact After 18 Months is the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System by Stryker SurgiCount. The research was completely independent in nature. Stryker SurgiCount provided no funding of any kind to the Joint Commission, the researchers conducting the study or the healthcare institution. As a matter of policy, neither the Joint Commission nor the institution that conducted the research endorse any commercial products, services or specific vendors, including the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System.