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The unfortunate accident in a Columbus hospital a few years ago, and the universal expression of trained nurses as to the responsibility assumed by them in accounting for the sponges used, impresses upon the mind of the writer not only the convenience and value, but the almost absolute necessity of some arrangement which would render a miscount impossible.
The following described simple device then came to mind, and was suggested to one of our leading surgeons, who has since used it both in hospital and private practice; in a published report he speaks of it as devoid of complications and in every way eminently satisfactory. Any ordinary table may be used, but one at least 36 inches in length and a little wider than is necessary to hold two sponge basins, will be found most convenient. To this is attached at the back of the top an upwardly inclined surface
Converse Z. A SIMPLE MECHANICAL DEVICE TO PREVENT THE MISCOUNT OF SPONGES.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(16):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470420026020