RFID-embedded surgical sponges prevent awkwardness

So I've got good news and I've got bad news. The good news is that the surgery was a success, and we were able to completely remove that pesky appendix of yours, so it shouldn't be giving you any more trouble. The bad news? Well, er, this is awkward. I kind of left a surgical sponge inside you somewhere, so we're gonna have to go ahead and open you back up to get it out. I'm really sorry about it. Boy, do I feel like a melonhead.

This wouldn't have happened if we had been using these new-fangled RFID-embedded surgical sponges that are currently in development. If we had, we would have waved a sensor over you before sewing you up to ensure that all the sponges were out of you. But alas, we didn't have that fancy technology, so here we are. But hey, tell you what, we'll take 50% off the price of the surgery. How's that sound?

Siemens, via The Raw Feed