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Tracking Sickbed With RFID
May 22, 2018

Tracking Sickbed With RFID


Due to the physical size of most hospitals it is often difficult to establish exactly where beds are. Tracking the location of beds, patient trolleys and cots with RFID technology is proven to increase availability and efficiency. It cuts down time spent by staff looking for a specific bed. However, there are often barriers to installing new technology, not least due to budget constraints and limited resources to implement a solution.


Clinical engineers often walk miles and spend hours looking for equipment which is due to be serviced or repaired. Being able to locate beds easily means more time is available to concentrate on core tasks. This in turn improves the up-time of beds, increases availability and often avoids the need to hire in additional beds to cope with demand, which in turn helps reduce costs.


Tracking Sickbed With RFID 


RFID tracking enables the unique identification and quick location of specific beds. So if any bed is reported as faulty it’s much easier to identify and replace it to avoid any failure whilst it’s in use. As additional data including the age of the bed can be captured, an RFID system can also support a rolling replacement program and help ensure that the correct beds are replaced when they come to the end of their useful lives. Logging incidents against each asset can help identify inappropriate and outdated beds which might pose a risk to vulnerable patients.


Where beds are hired in, it is surprisingly common for hospitals to ‘mislay’ hired beds, which can lead to large bills from the rental company. RFID tracking can help identify and locate those which are no longer needed to avoid any late return fees or unnecessary hire charges. Tracking hired beds can also ensure that the number of beds you are paying for is actually on site, which – with the help of RFID – a number of trusts have found out is not necessarily the case.


In case of an infection outbreak, being able to see where a particular bed has been is useful for the infection control team, so it can be quickly isolated and decontaminated before further spread occurs. Being able to identify contaminated beds without having to touch them, can present another benefit for infection control.


Last but not least, the data gathered by tracking beds supports cost-effective and evidence-based strategic decisions. This can include deciding whether existing assets should be maintained or retired based on their maintenance history. Good quality data can also help with forecasting expected demands to support a convincing case for replacement funding or help prioritize actions such as repairs to ensure sufficient suitable beds are available for patient care.





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