Patient Safety Alert 12: Harvard Surgical Chiefs Endorse Automated Detection Technology for Retained Foreign Objects (PDF)

The AMC PSO has performed an in-depth analysis of patient safety events in the surgical setting and has identified emerging technologies and new strategies to complement existing patient safety protocols.

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Subject matter experts discussed emerging technologies and new strategies that are now available to complement existing patient safety protocols aimed at reducing the incidence of Retained Foreign Objects (RFOs).

  • These include: monitoring surgical items with bar coding or radiofrequency
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