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St. Joseph Health System partners with RF Surgical

The Orange-based medical network plans to use the company's radio-frequency detection technology in its operating rooms.

BY Ben GibbsPublished: May 05, 2011 02:15 PM

Orange-based St. Joseph Health System plans to use RF Surgical Systems' radio-frequency detection device in its operating rooms in an effort to bolster patient safety throughout its network.

RF Assure Detection Technology finds and prevents retained surgical items (RSIs), such as sponges, gauze or towels, from being left inside a patient after a surgery has been completed. SJHS plans to utilize this new method in conjunction with other measures already in place throughout its system, including manually counting surgical materials.  

“We are always looking for opportunities to implement evidenced-based technology as part of our commitment to continuously raise the bar on patient safety,” said Dr. Clyde Wesp, chief medical officer at SJHS. “The partnership with RF Surgical Detection will help provide additional patient safety measures in our hospitals utilizing a sustainable approach, which aligns with our desire to achieve perfect care.”

SJHS is a $4.6 billion health-care system that operates facilities throughout California, Texas and New Mexico; the company employs 24,000 staffers.

Washington-based RF Surgical Systems' solutions prevent and detect retained surgical sponges. The company's RF Surgical Detection Technology is used in more than 1,000 operating rooms, and trauma and labor suites nationwide.

“RF Surgical is pleased to partner with St. Joseph Health System to bring radio-frequency detection technology into all of the operation rooms in the St. Joseph Health System," said Dr. Jeffrey Port, founder and chairman of RF Surgical Systems. "We are excited to support St. Joseph Health System’s leadership in patient safety and committed efforts for achieving optimal care.”

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