Tracking Surgical Sets with RFID
Simplifying the Management and Tracking of Your Surgical Sets
The ability to quickly trace your surgical sets throughout their lifecycle is critical from an operational perspective. RFID technology provides automation in the management of workflows for surgical sets. These typically include receiving, sterilization / cleaning, inspection, auditing, replenishment and shipping.
How it works
1. TAG Items
Autoclave tolerant RFID tags are attached to surgical sets and cases. These RFID tags are designed to withstand the autoclave process that surgical sets and cases typically go through go for sterilization and cleaning. RFID labels may be attached to packaged inventory items. In some cases, RFID tags may be attached to the individual instruments.
2. Establish Read Points
Establish RFID Enabled workstations, portals and read points. These read zones collect information on the goods as they pass through and establish data for further analysis.
3. Gain Valuable Insight
Gain Valuable Insight – as data is collected, leverage for business workflow automation. Quickly and accurately inventory items using RFID and understand exceptions right away. RFID technology can read many items in a single batch process cutting down on manual efforts.
Work in Progress Tracking
Track surgical sets throughout their lifecycle during the loaner and evaluation process. At the time of receiving, understand which sets are re-entering your premise. Identify any sets that need immediate turnout. As they move through autoclave/ cleaning and through inspection, update backend systems with the relevant status. During the auditing process, use RFID to recognize the set and cases without manual intervention. As the set is put away or shipped, keep track and ensure the appropriate system is updated.
Track the whereabouts of the surgical sets within your facilities. Use strategic read points to track and trace the location of the asset. RFID handhelds can be used to cross reference the asset list to determine variances right away. The find functionality on the handhelds can be used to pin point the location of a specific asset.