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Journal Article

Prevention of retained surgical sponges: a decision-analytic model predicting relative cost-effectiveness.

Regenbogen SE, Greenberg CC, Resch SC, et al. Surgery. 2009;145:527-35.

A cost-effectiveness analysis model was used to assess the utility of three methods for preventing retained surgical sponges: bar-coded sponges, radiofrequency ID–tagged sponges, and standard x-ray screening. The newer technologies were found to be more cost effective.