RFID Go-Live for Main Line Health Begins January 13, 2020

After many months of planning Main Line Heath will begin using Stryker Surgi-Count Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the Operating Rooms, Labor and Delivery, and C-Section Rooms commencing January 13, 2020. This technology will take our sponge tracking process to a higher level of safety as all sponges used during a case must be scanned in and out to ensure no sponge is left behind.

The timeline and staff education are outlined in the table below.

Bryn Mawr Go-Live: Jan 13th Lankenau Go-Live: January 15th
Morning In-Service:   December 17th Morning In-Service:   December 6th
Hands-on training: January 3, 6, 8, 9 Hands-on training: January 6, 8, 9, 14
Paoli Go-Live: Jan 20th Riddle Go-Live: January 22nd
Morning In-Service:   January 8th Morning In-Service:   December 11th
Hands-on training: January 9, 14, 15, 17 Hands-on training: January 16, 17, 20, 21

Staff education via in servicing has begun and hands on training will begin January 3rd as outlined above. In addition, clinical resources from Stryker will be on site in all areas impacted throughout go-live and for follow-up support post go-live.

One key workflow change is that all sponges need to be removed from the surgical field and counted into SurgiCount prior to patients leaving the room. This means all sponges must come off of the field versus being thrown away in drapes that may occur in some instances at this time.

We ask your support and patience and we transition to this new technology to improve patient safety.

Patrick Ross, Jr., MD PhD – Chair, Department of Surgery
Joseph M. Gobern, MD, MBA, FACOG – Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sean M. Rowland, CRNA, MS, MBA – Surgical Services Director, Health System

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