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Print & Encode: RFID Applications in Healthcare

October 1th, 2020

In the current healthcare climate, hospitals and primary care centres are still struggling to get a grasp on the COVID-19 pandemic. With a vaccine hopefully lying on the horizon, there is still much to do to ensure that hospital operations stay consistent and streamlined to those who need it most. As patients continue to be admitted and discharged following doctor’s orders, there is much to be done to promote a healthy workflow, from treatments, communications, and equipment whereabouts and make sure those factors are tracked accurately.

When a patient is checked into the Hospital’s system, they are granted a unique barcode ID that sticks with them for the duration of their stay. Through this idea, nurses would be able to keep track of all of the medications and treatment plans prescribed by the doctor and ensure that those are regularly administered and monitored at all times. The unique barcode ID is typically stored on a patient’s wristband, where a read can be captured a simple scan from a barcode reader, and that’s exactly how RFID is introduced into this situation.

Hospitals are able to utilise RFID to verify patient information, reduce wait times and bottlenecks, locate patients with specific pre-existing conditions that are seeking additional patterns, maintain and acknowledge patient records on wristbands, and so many more levels. When a clinician is performing and participating in several regularly, those used equipment pieces need to be properly sterilised and sanitise in order for reuse to take place. RFID can assist with tracking where tools are in the sterilisation process. That means scalpels, scissors, clamps, and retractors, the most necessary equipment, play a role in the RFID process.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, RFID holds a huge purpose in managing inventory tracking and locating items that are listed as Out-of-Stock. Some hospitals prefer to keep record of the staff member who checks out single-use items, such as gauze, disposable exam paper, boxes gloves, plastic vials, and most recently face masks and other PPE materials.

Printronix Auto ID’s vast array of printer models possess the capability to print and encode RFID tags, with the option of including metal tags as well. There are many advantages to utilising RFID strategies in the Healthcare environment, so if you’re interested in learning more be sure to contact your BlueStar Representative today to start that conversation.




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