Gauss to Preview AI-Powered iPhone Application for Sponge Counting at OR Manager Conference

Triton Count supports best practices and protocols for most common cause of retained surgical items

September 18, 2019

Menlo Park, Calif. – September 18, 2019 – Gauss, the leader in AI-enabled surgical applications, announced that it will preview its AI-powered, iPhone-based sponge counting solution at this week’s OR Manager Conference in New Orleans. The company plans to make the new iPhone application, Triton Count, available as an over-the-air upgrade to its Triton surgical safety platform. Gauss will offer hands-on demonstrations of the new application, as well as its Triton OR surgical blood loss monitoring solution, at booth #861 during exhibit hours on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19.

Retained surgical items (RSIs) occur in approximately 1 of every 5,500 surgeries.1 Sponges account for between 48-69% of retained surgical items.2 Retained sponges can result in serious complications ranging from infection to death, and often require costly interventions including reoperation, readmission and prolonged hospital stay.3 The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) recommends hospitals implement “standardized, transparent, verifiable, reliable practices” and suggests that “in addition to manual counts, the use of adjunct technologies provides additional support in the prevention of RSIs.” 4.

Triton Count is the latest AI-enabled application for the Triton surgical safety platform and enables surgical teams to leverage the same iOS device for both blood loss monitoring and sponge counting during surgery. Triton Count is designed to reinforce a consistent process for surgical sponge counting and uses computer vision and deep learning algorithms to reconcile sponges counted in and counted out during surgery. Unlike existing sponge counting and detection technologies, Triton Count is compatible with standard surgical laparotomy pads and dressings, and does not require hospitals to purchase more expensive, proprietary sponges.

“We are excited to preview Triton Count at OR Manager, the premier educational conference for perioperative leaders focused on management of the surgical suite,” said Siddarth Satish, founder and chief executive officer of Gauss. “This new application extends the capabilities of the Triton platform to power surgical safety protocols for surgical sponge counting in addition to our widely adopted platform for intraoperative blood management and hemorrhage response.”

About Gauss Gauss is transforming surgery with an AI-enabled mobile platform for the operating room. Based in Silicon Valley, the company leverages computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to power surgical safety protocols by delivering real-time insights, simplifying clinical workflow, and closing communication gaps. The company’s flagship Triton software platform is FDA cleared and CE Marked and powers hemorrhage protocols in hospitals performing over 250,000 annual deliveries. Triton received the 2018 Apple Design Award, which recognizes the best in design, innovation and technology on Apple platforms. For more information, visit www.gauss.com.

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2 Cima, et al. (2008)

3 Gawande AA, Studdert DM, Orav EJ, Brennan TA, Zinner MJ. Risk factors for retained instruments and sponges after surgery. N Engl J Med. 2003;348:229-235.

4 Goldberg JL, Feldman DL. Implementing AORN Recommended Practices for Prevention of Retained Surgical Items. AORN Journal. 2012;Feb;95;2;205-219.