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An asset tracking solution can lead to a new standard of hand hygiene

Martyn Hodgkinson
April 17, 2018

 

 Hospital RFID Asset Tracking

 

 

Patient safety is paramount, however, in the UK today, approximately 300,000 patients[1] contract a healthcare associated infection (HCAI) whilst being treated in Healthcare premises, costing the NHS £1 billion a year.[2]

 

With the costs of HCAIs to the NHS spiralling and remaining a persistent threat to patient safety, it’s imperative that hospitals find solutions to effectively monitor hand hygiene compliance.

 

As patients regularly move throughout a hospital, there is a risk of infections spreading even further. Therefore, it is imperative that any hand hygiene compliance monitoring system works across different wards and not just at the hospital top-level. This will ensure that accurate results of hand hygiene moments are captured.

 

Every hospital in the UK is equipped with thousands of medical devices worth billions of pounds. Over the last few years, healthcare professionals have started to see the benefits of asset tracking solutions using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track equipment such as infusion pumps, ECG monitors, beds, syringe drivers and much more.

 

There are two key drivers behind the need for RFID as part of an effective medical device management system including; difficulties in managing and locating medical devices, and legal, regulatory and policy forces.

 

Published in February 2016, The Carter Report sets out how non-specialist Acute Trusts can increase productivity and efficiency to save the NHS £5 billion each year by 2020 to 2021 by grasping resources more effectively.

 

Lord Carter states that “the best performing hospital systems around the world have real-time monitoring and reporting at their fingertips, enabling them to make decisions on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to improve quality and efficiency performance”.

 

An RFID asset tracking solution can uniquely link with point of care hand sanitiser dispensers to accurately record real-time hand hygiene events and report data across hospital wards. It can record the exact location of each event, even if a bed is moved to another part of the hospital.

 

To ensure hand hygiene compliance remains front of mind, DebMed is pleased to announce it has partnered with RFiD Discovery, the recognised brand for radio frequency identification solutions for the Healthcare industry, to introduce an innovative tracking system to the market.

 

The system now allows hospitals to track all hand hygiene events in conjunction with the WHO 5 Moments, allowing for accurate hand hygiene compliance figures.

 

The solution combines breakthrough technologies and incorporates a unique tag into the bracket that sits at the end of the bed, which is vital for performing point of care hand hygiene and will ensure accurate data is collected, regardless of where a bed is located or moved to.

 



[1]
National Institute for Healthcare & Excellence, 2011

[2] https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/10-amr-lon-reducing-hcai.pdf

 

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