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Sponge Detection System Market

Sponge Detection System Market Analysis By Technology (Computer-Assisted, Radiofrequency), By Modality (Hand-Held, Bench Top), By Product Type (Body Scanners, Room Scanners), By Application (For Cardiac Surgeries, For Abdominal Surgeries, For Neurology) & By End-User

Analysis of Sponge Detection System market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Sponge Detection System Market Outlook

 The global sponge detection system market analysis shows that global demand enjoyed year-on-year (YoY) growth of 5.7% in 2021. Demand for radiofrequency detection systems technology is projected to increase at a CAGR of 4.5% through 2031, with that for radiofrequency identification systems surging at 6.4%.

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Key Findings Offered in Sponge Detection System Industry Survey:

  • Market Estimates and Forecasts (2016-2031)
  • Key Drivers and Restraints Shaping Market Growth
  • Segment-wise, Country-wise, and Region-wise Analysis
  • Competition Mapping and Benchmarking
  • Brand Share and Market Share Analysis
  • Key Product Innovations and Regulatory Climate
  • COVID-19 Impact on Sponge Detection Systems and How to Navigate
  • Recommendation on Key Winning Strategies
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Sales Analysis of Sponge Detection Systems from 2016 to 2020 Vs Market Outlook for 2021 to 2031

As per Fact.MR - a market research and competitive intelligence provider, market growth in terms of CAGR from 2016 to 2020 for sponge detection systems has been 5.7%, wherein, RF sponge detection systems accounted for the highest market share under the technology segment, at 46.1% in 2020.

Sponges retained during surgery have caused undesirable impacts on patients’ health, such as infection, reoperation, prolonged hospital stay, readmission, bowel and fistulas obstructions, and sometimes even death. The national standard for the prevention of retained surgical sponges severely depends on manual counting numerous times before, during, and after a surgical procedure.

If a sponge is missing, cycles of steps are taken to adjust the count. These steps needs extra time and pull staffs away from other contending priorities. If manual count remains incorrect during post-operative procedures of patient, and intraoperative radiograph used commonly to rule out the retention of a surgical sponge. This X-Ray increases the time for the completion of surgery and becomes expensive.

Thus, a novel technology using radiofrequency (RF) is now available for the detection and prevention of retained surgical sponges.

Over the forecast period of 2021-2031, the market is expected to expand at around 5.7% CAGR.

What are Key Opportunities for Sponge Detection System Manufacturers?

Increasing incidence of retained surgical items during emergency surgeries and lack of communication between surgical staff during surgery are creating huge opportunities for sponge detection system suppliers.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), retained surgical items are known as "never events", and CMS does not reimburse for additional medical care for the treatment of disease caused by retained surgical sponges. Thus, to prevent such incidence, sponge detection systems are considered to be effective during emergency surgeries.

Increasing spending on healthcare infrastructure and presence of a limited number of sponge detection system manufactures will attract key players to develop advanced systems that are cost-effective solutions for sponge detection, and, in turn, will create opportunities in this market.

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What is the Main Restraining Factor for Suppliers of Sponge Detection Systems?

Availability of alternative methods and additional cost of surgery due to retained surgical items are major obstacles to market growth. Presence of alternative methods such as manual recounting, X-ray examination, intraoperative radiography, computed tomography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and mammography for detection of surgical sponges results in limited use of sponge detection systems in developing countries.

Misconceptions related to the adverse effects of radiofrequency signals is another factor hampering market growth. Radiofrequency (RF) signals are used to detect the presence of surgical sponges inside the body. The device is now being used consistently to make sure that no sponges are left inside a patient’s body at the end of an operation.

However, there is a misconception related to RF devices, that they can’t be used in patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). Though the device is approved by FDA for use, there is a hypothetical concern that radiofrequency signals used to detect sponges will change the settings on the pacemaker or defibrillator.

Furthermore, the downfall with radiofrequency devices is that they can only identify that a sponge is present but they cannot determine what kind or how many sponges are present.

How are Increasing Recommendations by Surgeons and Adoption of Advanced Sponge Detection Systems Creating Opportunities for Manufacturers?

Increasing recommendations by surgeons have created large opportunities in the market. Various independent organizations such as the joint commission, the American College of Surgeons and The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses endorse the use of adjunct technology such as sponge detection systems to increase manual counting of sponges to decrease the risk of retained surgical sponges.

Medical professionals are more likely to notice a missing scalpel, needles or instruments after surgery. However, Soft materials like surgical sponges are very hard to detect once they are saturated with blood and they may cause larger threat as they can worsen inside a body causing severe infections. To detect such soft materials surgeons are using advanced sponge detection systems during post-operative care. For instance, Medtronic’s have developed Situate detection system, which is precise and constantly detects tagged sponges with 100% sensitivity and specificity. And it does so in less time than manual counts.

The system contains 4 components, including a room scanner, automated body scanner, console, and tagged cotton. Together, they detect misplaced and retained tagged sponges up to 16 inches away in vivo, in the presence of blood, fat, dense tissue, and bone.

These technological advancements are important steps to confirm the safety of every patient during a surgical procedure, thus led to an increase in the adoption of sponge detection systems.

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Country-wise Insights

What Makes the U.S. a Huge Market for Sponge Detection Systems?

The U.S. dominates the region of North America with a total market share of 89%, and is projected to experience high growth throughout the forecast period.

Regardless of efforts by various hospitals to increase patient safety, among all reported medical errors, retained surgical materials are found at the top and retained surgical sponges account around 69% of all retained surgical materials. 

There are a projected 11 cases of surgical sponges being left inside a patient’s body every day in the U.S, causing unnecessary pain and suffering and an average annual cost of US$ 2.4 Bn to the healthcare system. There are no known measures to eliminate the risk of retained sponges.

Though surgical sponge detection systems may reduce the cases of retained sponges, continuous medical training and strict adherence to regulations may reduce the incidence. Availability of advanced healthcare facilities and increase in healthcare expenditure in the U.S. also results in huge market growth for sponge detection system suppliers.

What is the Market Scenario of Sponge Detection Systems in Germany?

Germany leads the European market for sponge detection systems, and will continue to exhibit growth of around 4% during the forecasted period. The factor contributing to this growth is favorable reimbursement policies and government initiatives regarding the adoption of sponge detection systems.

How Lucrative is the India Market for Sponge Detection Systems?

India holds a significant position in the region of South Asia, with a market value of US$ 6 Mn in 2021. This is owing to the presence of a huge population base, including the largest share of the elderly population. 

Why is China an Emerging Market for Sponge Detection Systems?

China leads the East Asia market with a 47% share in 2021, and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 4.6% through 2031.

Due to increasing awareness in surgeons and operating room staff about complications associated with retained surgical sponges, and to prevent reoperation or readmission of patients, surgeons are preferring sponge detection systems in China, which creates larger opportunities for manufacturers.

What is the Outline of the Sponge Detection System Industry in Australia?

Australia dominates the Oceania market with a current market share of 58.8%, and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.1%. Increasing healthcare spending is expected to boost the market for sponge detection systems in Australia.

Leading manufacturers of surgical sponge detection systems are adopting the expansion strategy to strengthen their product portfolio in the untapped market of Australia, to create more revenue growth.

  • For instance, in 2016, Haldor Advanced Technologies deployed its ORLocate SPD system at two hospitals in Australia, in Queensland and Sydney, NSW.

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Category-wise Insights

Why is Demand for Sponge Detection Systems Higher Among all Product Types?

Sponge detection systems accounted for the largest market share of 41% in 2020 among the product types.

Sponge detection systems accurately and reliably detects surgical sponges with 100% sensitivity and specificity, and do so in less time than manual counts. This allows surgeons and staff to resolve any imprecisions before the case is closed.

Why are Radiofrequency Detection Systems Witnessing High Demand?

RF surgical sponge detecting system technology holds a significant revenue share of 46% due to its advantages in the detection of sponges.

Radiofrequency detection systems use a low-energy radio frequency signal specially designed for the detection of misdirected surgical sponges through dense tissue, blood, and bone. These systems are used widely nowadays since they help surgeons or operating room staff to determine if there are any surgical sponges retained inside a patient.

This system can be used along with a counting method simply as a last-second check before closing the patient or when the count is not correct.

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Sales of Sponge Detection Systems?

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a world health emergency in January 2020. The outbreak of the coronavirus is challenging governments to implement financial programs and fiscal measures that withstand economic activity and support recognized markets.

Healthcare expenditure across all affected countries has increased significantly, with most funds being directed towards the management of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has largely affected the medical device industry.

Due to lockdowns and shortage of manpower, research and development activities as well as commercial production of sponge detection systems significantly decreased all over the world. As hospitals and clinics are more focused on treating COVID-19-infected patients, there has been a patient shortfall for emergency surgeries. Year-on-year revenues dropped to 2% in 2020.

Competitive Landscape

Key players are focusing on strategic acquisition and partnerships with small players and start-up companies that are developing advanced sponge detection systems using radiofrequency. Manufacturers are adopting this strategy to expand the footprint of their products in postoperative surgical care and generate more revenue.

  • For instance, in 2018, Haldor Advanced Technologies Ltd. received a grant for a new key patent representing its constant commitment to innovation and leadership of the RFID’s surgical items track & trace market in the US.
  • In 2016, Haldor Advanced Technologies installed its ORLocate SPD system at two hospitals in Australia, in Queensland and Sydney, NSW.
  • In July 2015, Medtronic plc acquired RF Surgical Systems, Inc., a sponge detection tech firm for US$ 235 million, which helps surgeons and nurses to detect retained surgical sponges.

Sponge Detection System Market Scope



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Key Regions Covered

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

  • US
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • U.K.
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Benelux
  • Russia
  • China
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Thailand
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • GCC Countries

Key Market Segments Covered

  • Technology
  • Modality
  • Product Type
  • Application
  • End User
  • Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Stryker Corporation
  • Medtronic plc.
  • Haldor Advanced Technologies
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Segments Covered in Sponge Detection System Market Insights

  • Technology

    • Computer-assisted Sponge Count Devices
    • Radiofrequency Sponge Detection Systems
    • Radiofrequency Identification Sponge Detection Systems
  • Modality

    • Hand-held Sponge Detection Systems
    • Bench Top Sponge Detection Systems
  • Product Type

    • Sponge Detecting Systems
    • Body Scanners
    • Room Scanners
  • Application

    • Sponge Detection Systems for Abdominal Surgeries
    • Sponge Detection Systems for General Surgeries
    • Sponge Detection Systems for Gastrointestinal Surgeries
    • Sponge Detection Systems for Cardiac Surgeries
    • Sponge Detection Systems for Gynaecology and Obstetrics Surgeries
    • Sponge Detection Systems for Orthopedic & Arthroscopy
    • Sponge Detection Systems for Neurology
  • End User

    • Sponge Detection Systems for Hospitals
    • Sponge Detection Systems for Clinics
    • Sponge Detection Systems for Ambulatory Surgical Centers

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The global sponge detection system market is worth US$ 112.7 Mn, and is expected to reach US$ 196.4 Mn by 2031.

Demand for sponge detection systems is estimated to increase at a CAGR of 5.7% over the next ten years.

Historically, from 2016 to 2020, the market sponge detection systems has risen at a CAGR of 4.6%.

Increasing recommendations by surgeons and adoption of advanced sponge detection systems, and rising number of emergency surgeries are factors driving demand for sponge detection systems.

Cumulative market share of the top 5 players constitutes around 75% of the overall market.

The U.S., Germany, China, U.K., and India are the top 5 countries driving demand for sponge detection systems.

North America is projected to hold more than 30% revenue share in the overall market.

The U.S., Germany, and U.K. are some of the key producers of sponge detection systems.

Medtronic Plc, Stryker Corp., and Haldor Advanced Technologies are some of the key exporters of sponge detection systems.

Japan remains an economic driving force in the medical devices market after the U.S., and is set to exhibit growth of 6.3%. South Korea holds a revenue share of 0.03% in the global market.

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