In the last post we learned about RFID used for patients and the types of RFID. This post will delve further about other superRFID uses in hospitals. Do you know that RFID also tracks surgical tools, laundry and even babies?For your benefit we have listed six new RFID uses. Here they are:
- Surgical Tools – Tracking -Sterilization – Autoclave -Returnable Quality
Each day surgeries need tools like retractors, scalpels, clamps and scissors. These tools have to be with doctors. Moreover, they have to be sterilized for usage. When you don’t track such tools you create a really tense situation. Research show that surgical tools in hospitals contain bacteria from earlier usage. They are either not sterilized or not sterilized correctly. Track these items with RFID tags to ensure that every tool is disinfected before usage.
You can embed on-metal RFID tags in surgical tools to help track them for inventory works. This step ensures that they pass the disinfecting test after autoclave. Some autoclaves utilize different sterilization techniques. Track every equipment exclusively to help hospitals check that each tool went through the right autoclave mentioned by the manufacturer. Some RFID tags will not survive the autoclave. Thus, choose the one that will ensure that all tools are clean and disinfected.
- Temporary Items – Inventory Tracking
Tools like gloves, plastic vials, disposable exam paper and glovesare vital temporary items used in health care units. These stuff have to be in hand. Because they are temporary and rather priced lesser. Thus, you don’t need high-cost RFID tags here. RFID inlays can offer a cost-effective inventory for tracking disposable stuff. These could be maintained in shelved units, inventory rooms and vending machines with RFID.
- Tracking Assets – Big Equipments
You also have to track beds and various portable testing apparatuseswith higher value. Hospitals can some times lose or misplace them. Tracking such things is important for healthcare units because of their higher replacing price. Similarly, you don’t get such assets readily. An RFID system is best method to track such assets.
These pricey items need Real-Time Location System or RTLS to find their status. Some hospitals device the system to read only some rooms or places, while others setup their systems across whole floors and hallways.
- Tracking New-Born Infants
RTLS can be used for tracking new-born infants. Research disclose that 135 babies have been stolen from healthcare units from the United States alone*between 1965 and May 2017.Babies are taken from random places in the facility, and also from trusted places such as the pediatric hall, the mother’s room and the nursery. To decrease the risk of loss of babies, healthcare units use RTLS tags over each baby’s legs in order to check and track each child. When the infant reaches near the exit door, a sound alarm will erupt keeping the door locked. Similarly, when the infants tag is lost another sound erupts to tell the location.
- Control Access – Tracking People
You can track people in hospitals to limit the access to some rooms or places to stop people from getting lost. In this system, the workers have to tap RFID badges in the entry to get inside. This step stops unauthorized access to restricted areas, and offers medical equipments, medication and patients with lot of safety preventing damage and theft.
- Laundry Tracking
Bed sheets, blankets and towels make up the examples of textiles and linens which are almost in any hospital. These assets have to be cleaned and sterilized for using prior to the next patients admittance. RFID tags can efficiently track these items to check it they are disinfected always.
This step is akin to surgical tools process since both factors keep inventory and ensure sterilization.You must use modern tracking systems in your hospitals. Hoping to get your valuable comments and suggestions. Until then keep tracking!