ClearCount Medical Solutions and CNA HealthPro are working together to expand their insurance policy to provide both the dollar amount and types of expenses covered under ClearCount’s Never Event Warranty program. ClearCount offers hospitals coverage for a wide variety of costs associated with a retained sponge incident as a demonstration of its confidence in the product’s performance. This coverage comes at no additional cost to hospitals properly using ClearCount products.
Aon Risk Solutions, the risk management and insurance brokerage business of Aon Corporation, was the catalyst behind the integration of the Never Event Warranty into an insurance product, and brought CNA HealthPro on board as the insurance carrier.
Despite designation as a “never event,” retained surgical sponges are estimated to occur in one of every 1,000 to 1,500 abdominal surgical procedures, which can lead to hospital inefficiencies, unnecessary costs, serious infections and even death. Hospital infections add an estimated $30.5 billion to the nation’s hospital costs each year. ClearCount’s product line is now available through Medline Industries, Inc., the nation’s largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies.