Recent studies in healthcare industry have revealed that the introduction of RFID technology does not present any new risk to patients, staff and medical devices.
In recent years, RFID systems have been successfully applied in various industries, such as manufacturing, supply chain, agriculture, transportation, etc. to name a few. However, when it comes to healthcare, managers of healthcare organizations are often skeptical of the technology’s impact on patient safety and RSI errors reduction.
Luckily, serval research papers have indicated positive results. Here’s a brief summary:
- “The RFID technology has tangible benefits such as reduced cost and time, reduced human resources, theft prevention, improve productivity. This technology can facilitate to access individuals (Medical staff and patients) and shorten wait time of care processes. No doubt, in coming years, using of the RFID will be a requirement in the healthcare industry.” – Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and patient safety (J Res Med Sci. 2013 Sep; 18(9): 809–813 ; PMCID: PMC3872592) The study also pointed out that “Use of the RFID in healthcare industry alone will be faced with numerous challenges. If the RFID technology integrates with hospital information systems (HIS) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and supported by clinical decision support systems (CDSS), it can facilitate processes, reduce medication and diagnosis errors, and increase patient safety.”
- “RFID technology seems to have the potential to substantially improve patient safety by reducing RSI errors.” – Evaluating the Impact of Radio Frequency Identification Retained Surgical Instruments Tracking on Patient Safety: Literature Review (J Patient Saf. 2017 Feb 22. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000365.)
- “The application of RFID to medical equipment and supplies tracking has resulted in efficiency increases in hospitals with lower costs and increased service quality.” – Impact of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technologies on the hospital supply chain: a literature review (Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2013 Oct 1;10:1d. eCollection 2013.)
Xerafy’s RFID Surgical Instrument Tracking Solutions (Source: Xerafy)
At the same time, healthcare organizations are wondering whether electric signals produced by RFID could affect medical devices. As the leading solution provider for surgical instruments tracking solutions, Xerafy has been approached by partner hospitals with the same question. We are confident that the electric fields produced by the new RFID do not significantly affect medical devices. Research results have backed up this conclusion:
- “Electric fields produced by the new RFID did not significantly affect medical devices…New RFID system was safe and useful for tracking people and medical equipments in a hospital.”- Efficiency and safety of new radiofrequency identification system in a hospital (Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:1032.)
- “The secondary infection risk is low from surgical instrument with RFID tags attached.”- Validation of cleaning evaluation of surgical instruments with RFID tags attached based on cleaning appraisal judgment guidelines (Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2013;2013:926-9. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2013.6609653.)
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