Featured on CBS: Wheeling Hospital named first in U.S. to use Tractus

WHEELING, W Va. (WTRF) – Wheeling Hospital is the first medical facility in the U.S. to use a new scanner system for surgical devices.

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WHEELING, W Va. (WTRF) – Wheeling Hospital is the first medical facility in the U.S. to use a new scanner system for surgical devices.

Here’s how it works:

  • The Tractus Scanner System scans tiny bar-codes on sterilized devices for surgery.
  • Then, it logs the information onto a computer record.

Officials say bar-codes can be found on any implantable device…including screws, artificial knees and hips.

The new technology is believed to not only help doctors keep track of hospital inventory, but will also allow them to work quicker and safer during surgery.

“Probably the most important thing about this scanner is it allows us to check serial numbers against the FDA database to determine if items have been recalled or if there are any concerns. Just a second ago it could have been recalled. This would detect it. Prior to that, an email would go out and people would check their inventory, which could take several days,” said David Rapp, the CIO of Wheeling Hospital.

Rapp told 7News the system is still being developed, but the final version will be implemented soon.

Watch full interview on CBS here