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Journal Article

Using radiofrequency technology to prevent retained sponges and improve patient outcomes.

Primiano M, Sparks D, Murphy J, et al. AORN J. 2020;112(4):345-352.

Retained surgical items (RSIs) are considered ‘never events’ but they continue to occur. This quality improvement initiative found that perioperative use of radiofrequency technology was associated with fewer retained sponges and decreased risk of reoperation.