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Surgical Instrument Tracking System
Mar 22, 2018

Surgical Instrument Tracking System

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RFID is finding new leading applications in the medical field, especially the operating room. Hospitals around the world have participated in pilot projects where miniature passive UHF RFID tags are permanently attached to surgical instruments enabling project-level tracking of the entire surgical inventory - directly saving time and money while improving patient safety .


Every surgery requires precise equipment - often up to 200 times before surgery, during and after surgery, and the length of time is complex. In the past, nurses and surgical technicians have relied on identifying instruments by detailed sequence of recording serial numbers or scanning barcodes - whether it was stickers or code lasers etched onto each instrument. This of course means that every item needs to be picked up and scanned manually - this is a tedious and tedious job for any hospital.


The RFID Surgical Instrument Tracking System allows the instrument to scan long distances - simultaneously or individually. After each project is tagged and compiled into the central database, it can be tracked and counted immediately - providing full coverage of a wider area of the facility through a handheld RFID reader or a series of fixed scanners. With tighter inventory control, fewer instruments are misplaced or lost.


The RFID Surgical Instrument Tracking System allows the instrument to scan long distances - simultaneously or individually. After each project is tagged and compiled into the central database, it can be tracked and counted immediately - providing full coverage of a wider area of the facility through a handheld RFID reader or a series of fixed scanners. With tighter inventory control, fewer instruments are misplaced or lost.


The benefits of RFID in hospitals also go beyond surgery.


It occurs more frequently than you think - most large hospitals experience several surgical items that remain in the patient each year after closure - from grippers and needles to sponges and other soft items. According to Frost & Sullivan's report, responding to these mistakes would cost the U.S. medical industry about $2 billion a year.


Usually, the team of two people after the surgery carries out careful manual counting to ensure that the post-operative inventory of instruments and materials is equal to the number of pre-operative counts. If the numbers do not match, the first step is to spend expensive X-rays to find stray devices - even if the patient can not find some obvious discomfort in his body!


RFID surgical instrument tracking systems on both instruments and disposable materials enables a faster, comprehensive accounting of materials before and after surgery, and is strongly advocated by Nothing Left Behind, an initiative by the healthcare community to prevent further cases of inadvertent “retained surgical items”. Wanding an RFID reader over the patient can accurately detect tagged foreign objects inside the body, as has already been successfully tested on pigs.





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