First generation retained sponge prevention technologies, namely barcode and radio frequency technology, have both been commercially available since 2005 and 2006, respectively. Though both have shown the capacity to be clinically effective in reducing retained surgical sponges in the facilities in which they have been implemented, despite being available for over a decade and a half, the vast majority of hospitals in the U.S. have passed on implementing them. We believe this is due to the limitations of these solutions that are the result of the dated technologies they utilize and the impact on the clinical efficacy, cost and user experience with these products.
Tally is designed to be a reliable, easy to use, low cost and more complete retained sponge solution. Tally is designed to provide an accurate count of surgical sponges faster and easier than competitive retained sponge prevention solutions.
Accurate – With unique RFID data programmed onto every sponge, Tally helps prevent the inaccurate counts that lead to retained sponges when a manual count alone is relied upon.
Fast – The technology powering Tally enables scanning of up to 900+ items per second7, dramatically faster than the one at a time process inherent in scanning barcodes and manual counting. Further, unlike barcode technology, Tally’s RFID labels do not require a direct line of sight to be scanned. Barcode labels need to be relatively flat and clean and have a direct line of sight between the barcode itself and the barcode reader, whereas Tally is capable of quickly reading numerous sponges relatively simultaneously without requiring the same handling and effort.
Easy – In addition to faster, easier scanning and counting, Tally’s proprietary “FIND” feature is designed to help users more quickly locate missing sponges. In the event that a count taken prior to surgery does not match a count taken of sponges removed from the patient, Tally’s FIND mode can help guide the user to the exact missing sponge or sponges, helping reconcile the count more quickly. Neither barcode technology nor radio frequency technology has this capability.