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Errors typically happen in conditions with uncertainty and distractions
  • Increased bleeding
  • Procedure complicated and prolonged
  • Out of hours
  • Change of teams
Close up of medical surgical equipment o
Right hand wearing latex surgical glove
The process relies on counting them before and after the procedure

Counting is subject to
confirmation bias and human error
When a surgical item was accidentally left in, 
88% of the times the counts were thought to be correct (falsely, of course)*
* Research by WHO check pioneer  Dr Atul Gawande
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Shows how the first working prototype works.
Changes and iterations in progress...
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James Dyson did it 5127 times
We reckon we will need about 10 before we have the final thing......


Why do surgical swabs still get left in unintentionally ?
Image by Kelly Sikkema
Young surgeon Indian woman in blue unifo
Smiling medical personel

Concept Ideas Used:

-Ensure Correct Counts

-Make the right way - the easiest way

-Systems Approach

-Engineered Design Solution

-Device Shows Green when swabs plugged in



-Auditory 'click'

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-positive Feedback

-Safety II

-Process structured and disciplined for effectiveness 

-Use of Loose swabs, likelihood to lose swabs

We can't reveal a lot at present....
A simple cost-effective design solution is on its way 
When clinical studies start, we will tell you ...
So, Watch this space! 

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