Cardinal Health has reached an agreement to distribute ClearCount’s patented SmartSponge system as part of its Presource® surgical kits and as a stand alone offering. The sponges are permanently affixed with passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tags that are smaller than a dime. The SmartBucket display highlights any count discrepancies. If a discrepancy occurs, a SmartWand scan is used to identify any sponges remaining in the patient. A SmartMat under the patient provides the user with notification that a scan is proceeding properly. As the only system to integrate counting and detection for the purpose of sponge management, the SmartSponge system saves time, prevents unnecessary X-rays, reduces the possibility of user error, minimizes delays in procedures and reduces the hassles associated with count discrepancies.