Journal Article

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

Regenbogen SE; Greenberg CC; Resch SC; Kollengode A; Cima RR; Zinner MJ; Gawande AA.

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.