RF Surgical, Inc., the Bellevue, Wash.-based provider of prevention and detection of retained surgical items (RSI), recently entered a three year agreement with the Premier healthcare alliance, a healthcare performance improvement organization. Under the terms of the agreement, the more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals, and 78,000 additional healthcare sites in the alliance, can select RF Surgical Detection Technology to prevent and detect RSIs from occurring in the operating room.
The RF Assure Detection System utilizes evidence-based radio-frequency (RF) detection technology to prevent and detect RSIs from remaining inside a patient post-surgery. It can safely, accurately and efficiently read through deep cavity tissue, fluids and bone to detect if radio frequency-tagged surgical sponges, gauze or towels remain in a patient following surgery, a dangerous and incredibly costly medical error. Through the terms of the agreement, the RF Assure Detection System will be available for purchase to members of the Premier alliance.