SurgiCount, based in Irvine, Calif., serves more than 300 hospitals with its bar-coded surgical sponges and towels, barcode scanner and compliance tracking software to help prevent retained foreign objects in surgery. Sponges are the most common retained object, costing an average of $400,000 each time they are left behind, according to a company release. Approximately 2,300 such incidents are reported each year.
“We are committed to providing solutions that result in a higher quality of care and level of safety for both patients and healthcare professionals,” Timothy Scannell, Stryker's group president of MedSurg and Neurotechnology, said in the December release. “This acquisition aligns with Stryker's focus on offering products and services that have demonstrated cost effectiveness and clinical outcomes.”
Stryker also announced this month that it had completed its all-cash acquisition of Pivot Medical. Pivot, Sunnyvale, Calif., sells instruments and implants for hip arthroscopy.
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