Out of 98,000 people in hospitals at least 50,000 die just because of medical errors. Radio frequency identification is a technology that is capable of automatic identification without any line of sight. It extracts the unique identifier from an electronic tag that is attached to the objects.
Nowadays, RFID system is successfully applied in following areas:
- Areas of manufacturing
- Supply chain
- Health care
- Disaster situations
To prevent the medical errors and build a safe health care system RFID technology for patient safety must be used by all the hospital managements. This Radio Frequency identification will quickly retrieve the patient information and monitors that patient location within the hospital.Today in this modern world everything is based upon technology. With the growing demand ofcomputers and software we must allow RFID technology to play a vital role and reduce the risk of patient death.
What does this RFID technology for patient safety do?
- Streamline care
- Catch errors
- Rectify errors
- Retrieve patient information
- Monitor exact patient location
- Assistance with decisions
- Feedback on performance
Many of the hospitals today use Bar code technologies. In fact RFID and Bar code technologies are almost similar but still there are some advantages that make RFID technology more superior over bar code technology. Bar codes can scan over a close range while RFID enable monitoring over distances that can range from few centimeters to hundreds of meters.Bar codes can approximately store 10 to 12 digits of data while RFID tags use 94- character protocol.Using RFID technology for patient safety you can track inventories, people in real time, mobile equipments and tagged items that travels around in the hospital. Tracking of the mobile equipments will include infusion pumps, wheelchairs and blood supplies.