Medtronic plc (NYSE: MDT) is buying medical device business RF Surgical Systems Inc. for $235 million.

The Carlsbad, California-based target focuses on detecting and preventing surgical items, such as sponges, gauze or towels, from being left inside patients after surgery. RF's system uses a low radio frequency signal embedded in towels and other surgical items, that can be traced so the objects are not left behind. 

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