Departments & Programs,UW Hospital and Clinics,Clinical Engineering,RFID Tags
RFID Facts and Figures
RFID Facts and Figures - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics, Clinical Engineering, RFID Tags
Specific Goals of RFID Implementation
- Purchase and rent less equipment (reduce capital investment) by increasing utilization of current equipment
- Drastically reduce time required to locate equipment for patient use (increase productivity and staff satisfaction)
- Tracking of critical surgical instrumentation
- Easy verification that storage areas have sufficient equipment
- Remove unneeded equipment from patient rooms in a timely manner
- Remove equipment from soiled rooms soon after drop-off
- Greatly reduce or eliminate equipment theft and equipment mistakenly thrown away or sent to other places (e.g. laundry)
- Greatly reduce intentional (hoarding) and unintentional equipment misplacement within hospital
- Significantly reduce overdue equipment maintenance (increase regulatory compliance)
- Quickly locate recalled equipment
Recent Loss Prevention Successes
- RFID triggered alarms on both the trash dock and receiving dock:
- An epidural pump ($4,000) and two vacuum assisted closure (VAC) devices ($56,000) were saved from being crushed in compactor and sent to landfill. Other items saved totaling almost $200,000 thus far.
- Stopped the damage of numerous pieces of equipment ($100,000 +) by preventing them from going to the laundry in soiled linen
- Malfunctioning IV pump on AFCH unit was mistakenly not removed from circulation. Biomed was able to determine which pump was used in that specific room and then track it throughout the building. It was located in the ED and replaced before it could be used in the care of another patient.
- Identified when and where an expensive bariatric wheelchair was taken out of the hospital. A transport company had taken it when moving a patient to a nursing home.
- Forty mattresses from two different vendors were trialed on four units. These mattresses did not stay where they were to be trialed and had to be recovered from all over this hospital and AFCH. Without this system we probably would have never found them all.
- Nursing and Housekeeping have partnered to use this RFID system to more quickly remove equipment from patient rooms when it is no longer needed. Returning this equipment to CS when not in use will allow CS to purchase/rent less equipment by increasing utilization.