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 News Release - July 26, 2007

Mercy Medical Center Redding Sets New Standard of OR Patient Safety

Implementation of the RF Surgical Detection System(TM) Will Detect and Prevent Retained Surgical Sponges, Gauze and Towels in Patients

BELLEVUE, Wash.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--RF Surgical Systems, Inc. announced today that Mercy Medical Center Redding will be among the first medical centers in California to fully implement the RF Surgical Detection System in its operating rooms. The patented and FDA-approved RF Surgical Detection System scans for and signals an alert if any RF Detect(TM) tagged surgical sponges, gauze or towels remain in a patient prior to surgical closing procedures. Retained surgical sponges are one of the leading patient safety concerns in hospitals -- occurring at an estimated rate of 1 in every 1,000 to 1,500 intra-abdominal surgeries, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Mercy Medical Center Redding is part of Catholic Healthcare West, which has a long history of providing high-quality, affordable health care to patients throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. "Ensuring the clinical safety of our patients has always been one of Mercy's highest priorities," said Jeanette Smith, Director of Surgical Services. "When our surgical teams evaluated the RF Surgical Detection System, it was easy to use and extremely accurate in both sponge detection range and sensitivity. It performed flawlessly during a variety of surgical cases and did not impede our workflow. We were impressed -- and are now pleased to pro-actively put this leading-edge technology to work at Mercy, because it will set a new standard of OR patient safety and efficiency in our community."

The RF Surgical System is exclusively distributed by Medline Industries, the nation's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies.

About RF Surgical Systems, Inc.

RF Surgical Systems is a privately held medical device company headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, and maintains engineering R & D facilities in San Diego, California. Founded by Dr. Jeffrey Port, a Thoracic Surgeon, and Mr. William Blair, an Electrical Engineer, the company's RF Surgical Detection System is the first and only FDA-approved surgical sponge detection system in clinical use in the United States. For more information, please visit

Source: RF Surgical Systems

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