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SurgiCount Medical Launches New Surgical Sponge Product

IRVINE, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SurgiCount Medical, Inc., the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: PSTX), today announced it is introducing a new proprietary surgical sponge at the upcoming Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 60th Congress March 3-7 in San Diego, California. The patent protected SAFE-T Lap is designed to allow for improved visibility during surgery and enhanced X-ray detectability.

"The SAFE-T Lap is a simple, innovative product designed to provide users of the Safety-Sponge® System an added layer of protection and improved ease of use," stated Brian E. Stewart , President and Chief Executive Officer of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. "Based on customer insight and demand for a surgical sponge that is more visible both during use and on X-ray, we look forward to introducing this line of lap sponges."

The SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System is clinically proven to help eliminate retained surgical sponges[1] and decrease the occurrences of misplaced and miscounted sponges[2], enabling hospitals to perform fewer X-rays related to this issue. The SAFE-T Lap is designed to provide a more easily visible lap sponge both during use in surgery and for those times when the established clinical standard of an X-ray is the best course of action for the safety of the patient.

Additional information regarding the SAFE-T Lapcan be found here:

The new SAFE-T Lap product will be introduced at the upcoming AORN 60th Congress March 3-7 in San Diego, CA in SurgiCount Medical's booth #462. For more information about the SAFE-T Lap or the Safety-Sponge® System contact SurgiCount Medical at (949) 387-2277 or send an email to

About Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. and SurgiCount Medical
Patient Safety Technologies, Inc., through its wholly-owned operating subsidiary SurgiCount Medical, Inc., provides the Safety-Sponge® System, a solution clinically proven to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs by helping eliminate one of the most common errors in surgery, retained surgical sponges. The market leading retained sponge prevention solution, the Safety-Sponge® System is used in more than 285 government, teaching and community hospitals across the U.S., including 7 of the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital Honor Roll recipients, representing more total users and more Honor Roll users than all retained sponge prevention solutions combined. For more information, contact SurgiCount Medical, Inc. at (949) 387-2277 or visit

[1] Cima RR, Kollengode A, Garnatz J, et al. Incidence and characteristics of potential and actual retained foreign object events in surgical patients. J Am Coll Surg 2008;207:80-87
[2] Greenberg CC, Gawande AA, et al. Bar-coding Surgical Sponges to Improve Safety: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Annals of Surg 2008; V 247, No. 4, 612-616

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