Innovative Hospital Management: Tracking of Radiological Protection Equipment

Innovative Hospital Management: Tracking of Radiological Protection Equipment

Holger Fritzsche (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany), Elmer Jeto Gomes Ataide (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany), Afshan Bi (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany), Rohit Kalva (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany), Sandeep Tripathi (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany), Axel Boese (Otto-von-Guericke- Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany), Michael Friebe (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany) and Tim Gonschorek (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/IJBCE.2020010103

Abstract

The healthcare industry is consistently developing a constant supply of medical equipment, e.g. radiation protection wear. These must be inspected regularly to ensure safety and quality. As this equipment keeps on moving from department to department, it has to be located in one place for annual inspection and must be properly documented after quality check. Conventionally, barcodes, QR codes, and manual entry of the required data are used as a tracking method which requires tedious human efforts without delivering the expected results for registration, tracking, and maintenance. A fully or semi-automated computerized system would be desirable in this case. Radio frequency identification systems which consist of tag, reader, and database can be used for tracking. This article presents new innovative RFID based system which is dedicated to quality assurance of radiological protection wear specifically lead aprons. This process facilitates the service management of hospitals.
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Background

One of the case studies form Wayne Memorial Hospital, USA, the “Radar Find” was used as a relevant base example for this survey. This application incorporating RFID is mostly used by medical and support staff to keep track of the location and status of tagged assets including: infusion pumps, diagnostic systems, blood warmers and computers on wheels, wheelchairs and other equipment (Journal, 2018). First few related examples where surveyed in which RFID system has several applications deployed in hospitals and medical clinics. National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan: This study showed the usage of RFID for the management of workflow in an emergency department. There the application of the RFID system increased the operational efficiency (Wang, Chen, Ong, Liu, & Chuang, 2006). University Hospital Geneva, Switzerland: RFID-enabled garment tracking application (1995- 2008) was confronted with a specific logistical problem: how to manage working garment within and across the newly merged hospitals (Oranje-Nassau et al., 2018). Royal Alexandria Hospital, United Kingdom: A Wi-Fi tracking system was developed to keep track of and locate portable devices used within the medical block using RFID tags attached to equipment. The review showed and presented individual approaches and benefits for the use of RFID systems, but it unfortunately did not provide a solution for a system that can be used to register several aprons at the same time and quickly access the database to guarantee a user-friendly application interface.

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