Rigorous Surgical Instrument Tracking Trial Proves Value of RFID, Xerafy

blog-healthcareXerafy has been explaining how RFID can improve surgical sterilization procedures and improve patient safety for years. Now we can report the results that prove it.

Rigshospitalet, a hospital in Denmark, conducted a long-term trial to see if RFID tags could survive the processes needed to provide traceability for surgical instruments, and if automated tracking could add value. After 18 months and more than 1,000 sterilizations inside an autoclave, the answer to both questions is yes.

Xerafy Dash XS tags were permanently attached to a variety of instruments that surgeons used during actual procedures at Rigshospitalet. The tags provide complete traceability through surgical and sterilization processes. RFID readers were used to automatically provide a count of instruments prior to a procedure, issue alerts if any items were missing, automate instrument counting after the procedure was completed to ensure no items were lost and possibly left inside the patient, and were read again prior to sterilization and after the sterilization process was complete to ensure every item underwent the proper cleaning procedure and that no non-sterile items ever made it into the operating room. Rigshospitalet used the “Tag, Track and Trace” (TTT) surgical instrument tracking system developed by Xerafy’s partner Caretag Surgical, which also set up the reading systems for the trial. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Oil & Gas Drillers Get the Tag They’ve Been Waiting For

20e0c0cIf you tell anyone in upstream oil & gas operations (offshore or onshore) you have designed a RFID tag that survives drilling operations and ask if they could use it, their response would undoubtedly be: Absolutely!

Xerafy, InfoChip’s exclusive partner, has done exactly that for the oil & gas industry. Prior to the new Xplorer tag, over the past 10 years there were many attempts to create a UHF tag for use in downhole drilling that proved unsuccessful. Most previous solutions embraced either LF or HF RFID technology and have fallen short of expectations due to lack of read range, multi-scan and/or durability. It is important to note that most oil & gas operators are requesting UHF frequency because it gives the user the ability to do multi-scan reads and provides longer read range options.

The new Xplorer’s rugged design exceeds the harshest drilling operations that a pipe encounters. The Xplorer tag operates at continuous exposure to 500°F and 30,000 psi. The form factor design featuring stainless and PEEK® materials allows the tag to stay in the milled pocket for the life of the asset. It is the first UHF tag that reads from 3 to 7 feet with a fixed reader mounted to a handling tool or other object. Continue reading

New Views on RFID in the IoT

20140903045702787A good sign that any emerging technology is getting close to widescale adoption is when it starts getting covered regularly in the business media, instead of only in tech websites and discussion groups. That’s why we took notice when CFO Magazine recently published an opinion article on the Internet of Things. The tone of the article is that it is not a question if businesses will use IoT systems, only when.

Most of the article focuses on the IT architecture challenges to Internet of Things systems. We’ll add that RFID is a key enabling technology for overcoming many of the obstacles. Xerafy innovation have been enabling the Internet of Things for some time now, in large part through the industries where Xerafy developed new data capture technology for previously deemed challenging or impossible applications in Healthcare and Oil & Gas markets. The RFID tags create smart and connected industries and enable an entirely new possibilities and capabilities in monitoring, control, optimization, and autonomy. Continue reading