RFID (Radiofrequency Identification)

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Medtronic to buy RF Surgical’s sponge tracking system for $235 M

Editor's Note Medtronic has agreed to buy RF Surgical Systems for $235 million. The technology embeds radio frequency tags in surgical sponges, towels, and other products to help track and prevent them from being retained in the patient after surgical procedures.   Medtronic agreed to pay $235 million to buy…

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By: OR Manager
July 15, 2015
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‘Intelligent OR’ taps technology for patient and material logistics

Three ambulances are headed for the hospital with victims of a multivehicle accident. A fourth ambulance is also en route carrying a 52-year-old man with chest pain. Calls come in from the EMS team, which begins streaming real-time vital signs and diagnostic information to the ED. Realizing multiple critically injured…

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By: OR Manager
July 15, 2012
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RTLS yields new data for managing patient logistics

A patient arrives for surgery. As soon as she checks in, she receives a wristband with a small locator tag that monitors her progress as she moves through the surgical process. Behind the scenes, the tag is signaling the surgical department’s real-time locating system (RTLS), which sends notices to OR…

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By: OR Manager
July 9, 2012
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Thinking about wireless systems? Consider these tips from an expert

Are you considering wireless technology for tracking patients, staff, equipment, or supplies? Expert tips are offered by Rick Hampton, wireless communications manager for Partners Healthcare. The Boston-based network includes Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General, and affiliated facilities. Many hospitals are weighing decisions about these technologies, which include RTLS (real-time…

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By: OR Manager
July 8, 2012
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Study: RFID has the potential to interfere with medical devices

Radio frequency identification systems (RFID) have the potential to cause critical patient equipment to malfunction, Dutch researchers report in the June 25 JAMA The researchers tested 2 types of RFID systems in a nonclinical setting with 41 medical devices such as external pacemakers, ventilators, infusion pumps, and anesthesia devices. There…

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By: OR Manager
August 1, 2008
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