SurgiCount Medical claims the Safety-Sponge System is a proven solution to prevent one of the common surgical errors like retained surgical sponges.

Patient Safety Technologies president and CEO Brian Stewart said they are proud to include the University of Michigan Health System to the growing list of users of the Safety-Sponge System and believe adding an institution of this caliber further validates the benefits and advantages of the solution.

"We look forward to supporting them in their ongoing effort to deliver excellence in patient care," Stewart said.

UMHS Operating Room Director Shawn Murphy said they have implemented the SurgiCount System to provide an added safety mechanism to the long-established practice of a manual sponge-counting process in our operating rooms.

"The SurgiCount technology provides the protection of identifying and counting each sponge used during a surgical procedure and also helps to support a standard practice for counting sponges that improves our ability to deliver safer care for our patients," Murphy said.