ASSIST - Automated system for surgical instrument and sponge tracking

Nilo Rivera, Rosemary Mountain, Lia Assumpco, Allen A. Williams, A. B. Cooper, Douglas L. Lewis, Richard C. Benson, Joseph A. Miragliotta, Mike Marohn, Russell H. Taylor

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Abstract

Every surgical item used during surgery (e.g., sponges) must be accounted for after surgery to ensure that none of these items is left inside the patient. Despite the numerous precautions in place, in approximately 1 in 1500 cases, something gets left behind inside the patient's body. This paper presents ASSIST, an automated system for surgical instrument and sponge tracking that increases the safety of surgical procedures. ASSIST utilizes RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology to aid in accounting for all items used during surgery. The design takes into account safety, simplicity, ease of deployment, and ease of use. An initial evaluation utilizing RFID-tagged sponges demonstrates that ASSIST can reliably track surgical sponges with minimal impact to current operating room procedures. Sources of error that can impact the reliability of the system are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Conference on RFID (Frequency Identification), IEEE RFID 2008
Pages297-302
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 14 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Conference on RFID (Frequency Identification), IEEE RFID 2008 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Apr 16 2008Apr 17 2008

Publication series

Name2008 IEEE International Conference on RFID (Frequency Identification), IEEE RFID 2008

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Other2008 IEEE International Conference on RFID (Frequency Identification), IEEE RFID 2008
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period4/16/084/17/08

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Communication

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Rivera, N., Mountain, R., Assumpco, L., Williams, A. A., Cooper, A. B., Lewis, D. L., Benson, R. C., Miragliotta, J. A., Marohn, M., & Taylor, R. H. (2008). ASSIST - Automated system for surgical instrument and sponge tracking. In 2008 IEEE International Conference on RFID (Frequency Identification), IEEE RFID 2008 (pp. 297-302). [4519358] (2008 IEEE International Conference on RFID (Frequency Identification), IEEE RFID 2008). https://doi.org/10.1109/RFID.2008.4519358