of all the sponges included in that
grouping, so one pass by the scanner
loads all of the individual items into
the system. Once the scan takes
place, the system indicates the total
number of sponges, both audibly and
“When the sponges come off of
the surgical field from the patient, the
circulator nurse — when he or she has
time — will press the ‘Count Out’ but-
ton,” Davies explains. “From there, it’s
very simple. Instead of going from the
field to a bucket to a sponge-counting
bag, the route is: field to bucket, scan
it, and then they’ll bag it.”
It provides an additional safe-
guard in the case of shift changes,
items inadvertently moving between
operating theaters during dou-
ble-booked surgeries, and other
circumstances that can introduce a
potentially devastating X factor into
Since accountability is key, all data
collected from SurgiCount is immediately uploaded into the cloud.
“If you’re going to invest in the
technology, you want to prove your
outcomes,” says Davies. “That’s exactly what SurgiCount 360 software
SurgiCount provides real-time tracking of sponges used in the procedure.
correct?” to “Has my count been
validated by SurgiCount?”
The software previously ran on
compact devices, but Stryker recently
introduced a tablet version. They say
it’s an upgrade that makes the plat-
form more user friendly and intuitive.
“We wanted it to be larger — going
from a 3-inch screen to a 10-inch
screen — to draw in more of the surgical team into the count,” says Davies.
“Everybody’s responsible for making
sure the count is correct, including
the scrub nurse, the circulating nurse,
The tablet is designed to be
attached to an IV pole, so there’s no
need to find additional floorspace
in a room where real estate is at a
The overall intention is to make
SurgiCount as easy and unobtrusive
as possible, even when it comes to
general utilization of the device.
“The system begins to scan and it
wants to know three things: who’s the
opening circulator, who’s the patient,
and what sponges are going in that
patient,” says Davies.
A master tag on the outside of a
bundle holds the unique identities
The SurgiCount tablet is designed to be attached to an IV pole.