Taking care of the medical assets December 5th, 2018

Taking care of the medical assets

Healthcare facilities have an equipment problem. In 1995, the average patient had eight medical devices at their bedside. With advances in technology, by 2010 that number had grown to 13, and it continues to grow.

Caregivers are busy with patients and they don't have time to catalogue and track where expensive patient care and diagnostic assets are in a facility, and often equipment is unaccounted for.

Because of this, there are several problems that have occurred:

  1. When hospital staff has a hard time finding mobile assets, they often hoard that equipment when they find it available. This makes items unavailable to others at the facility.
  2. When items can't be located, health care systems often need to purchase or rent more equipment, duplicating assets to ensure that caregivers have access to what they need when they need it.
  3. Unavailable equipment can put a patient at risk. In critical care surroundings, immediate access to a mobile asset may mean the difference between life and death.

To ensure patient safety and protect the bottom line, more healthcare facilities are beginning to adopt automated asset management systems, or also called Real Time Location Strategy (RLTS). By creating a network of sensors and tags, mobile medical equipment like ECGs, infusers, beds and wheelchairs can be traced, catalogued and located in real time using RFID technology; sensors placed throughout a facility recognise a tagged item as it passes by, logs its location and transmits that data to a central site. Some RFID asset management software even offers app-based tracking and location, making finding the right equipment when and where it's needed as close as a health care worker's mobile device.


Interested in this type of solutions?

BarTender's simple, intuitive Intelligent Templates™ is the heart of your RLTS system, enabling seamless integration with most third-party asset management software packages, providing the system interoperability that increases labelling accuracy and improves efficiencies throughout the health care supply chain. With BarTender encoding the RFID tags that automatically identify an asset's location is as easy as creating a barcode. Just select an RFID printer on your network as your label's destination and BarTender does the work for you, from serialisation to security and access. Click here to read BarTender’s Labelling for Insulin Pen Safety case study. Do you want to know more about BarTender? Click here or contact BlueStar for more!


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.