Under the terms of the agreement, Gnyha Services members will have access to the Safety-Sponge System who would select to implement the solution for the retained sponge prevention strategy.

Patient Safety Technologies president and CEO Brian Stewart said, "We look forward to working with GNYHA to raise their member awareness of the issue of retained sponges and the benefits of adopting the Safety-Sponge® System."

The Safety-Sponge System has been clinically proven to eliminate frequent but preventable error referred as surgical "Never Event".

Surgical errors (Never Events) are costly to the health care system and are linked with serious harm to patients.

Retained foreign bodies are estimated to represent up to 49.8% of all reported surgical never events with surgical sponges representing the vast majority of items unintentionally retained.