System for tracking surgical objects

Patent No. 9,089,366

Issued: July 28, 2015
Filed: December 18, 2013
Term Extension: 43 days

Inventors: Garner-Richards; Steven (Endicott, NY), Rispoli; Thomas (Endicott, NY) 
Assignee: Garner-Richards; Steven (Homosassa, FL)

Methods and apparatus track surgical objects placed in a body cavity so that they may be reliably located and recovered from the body cavity at a later time. In one preferred embodiment, an apparatus comprises a vibrantly colored stringer threaded through apertures in a plurality of surgical objects and vibrantly colored tracking tags affixed to each end of the vibrantly colored stringer to maintain the surgical objects on the vibrantly colored stringer. In alternate embodiments, photo-reactive pigments in the range of 345-375 nm are also added to the vibrantly colored stringer and vibrantly colored tracking tags to enhance their visual detection under ambient lighting, when illuminated with a spectrum specific light source, and/or viewed through a spectrum-specific transmission filter in the same range of wavelengths. In another embodiment, retainers having apertures through which the vibrantly colored stringer may be threaded and bodies formed to be replacably affixed to a variety surgical objects are also employed.

Reference to Related Applications

This application claims one or more inventions which were disclosed in Provisional Application No. 61/808,338, filed Apr. 4, 2013, entitled "System for Tracking Surgical Objects". The benefit under 35 USC .sctn.119(e) of the United States provisional application is hereby claimed, and the aforementioned application is hereby incorporated herein by reference.

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