RF Surgical Systems Inc. has announced the availability of the RF Assure Detection System X, an integrated solution for the problem of retained surgical sponges.

The product is the first in the adjunct detection technology category to incorporate essential compliance support functions as well as improved scanning coverage that extends beyond general surgery to an application-specific approach by surgical specialty. RFS began shipping units in April.

Enhancements to the RF Assure Detection System X include a new compliance-driven interface designed to provide “real-time” feedback to guide the OR staff through an effective sponge management protocol. The redesigned interface improves accessibility and data visibility during procedures and automatically stores case and scan records for convenient review and compliance.OR Today Magazine | Industry Insights | Encompass Group Offers Innovations in Reusable OR Textiles

In addition, RFS introduces a new scanning component for the RF Assure Detection System X, the ArQ•Sphere. This new handheld, stationary scanning device leverages dual-3D scan fields to address the positioning challenges specific to extremity, head, neck, spine and other specialty procedures. The ArQ•Sphere offers motion-free scanning with overlapping scan fields, creating an optimal detection zone for orthopedic and specialty procedures.

“The premium digital patient safety platform of the RF Assure Detection System X represents our next generation in market-leading detection technology and innovation from RF Surgical,” said John Buhler, CEO of RF Surgical Inc. “The integration of a workflow-complementary interface with surgical specialty scanning capabilities significantly advances our efforts to eliminate the risks associated with retained surgical sponges for improved OR patient safety.”

RF Assure technology minimizes the incidence of retained surgical sponges, allowing hospitals to optimize the safety and quality of care for surgical as well as labor and delivery patients. RF Assure uses a reliable, low-energy radio frequency signal specifically designed for the detection of misplaced surgical sponges through blood, dense tissue and bone. Additional patient-centric benefits realized by the use of adjunct detection technology include reduction in incremental time under anesthesia and the use of X-rays associated with rectifying sponge miscounts.