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Monday, July 17th 2006

The End of Whoops

“New” technologies to keep track of surgical insturments.

Doctors at Stanford University School of Medicine who tested sponges embedded with radio frequency identification tags said the system accurately alerted surgeons when they deliberately left a sponge inside a temporarily closed surgical site and waved a detector wand over it.

But they said the size of the chips used — 20 millimeters or about 0.8 of an inch — was too large and would need to be reduced to be practical on sponges and surgical instruments.

What with costs and the concerns of the article I wouldn’t expect this to be common place anytime soon. Still, it is an interesting step in the right direction.

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