Implement Idox’s largest Radio Frequency ID network and expand its use during the outbreak of COVID-19
Based on their list of requirements, DSFS, in conjunction with the Trust, selected Idox as its preferred supplier to lead the rollout of iAssets – part of the iFIT tracking and hospital management solution – which uses RFID technology to manage hospital assets, and provide a 360-degree view of their location at all times.
Once items are tagged, the hospital can use the system to monitor and review their movement, ensuring vital equipment is always there for patients, minimising the chance of missing critical assets.
Stuart Barton, DSFS Specialist Clinical Engineer and Equipment Library Team Leader at the Trust, said: “We had a lot of kit on site and didn’t always know where it was – something that was raised in our latest Care Quality Commission inspection. The Idox technology has fundamentally changed how we manage our equipment, making it so much easier to locate items and for our engineers to perform planned preventative maintenance.”
The ability to pinpoint equipment quickly is also proving particularly useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve expanded our use of the RFID system to help with equipment distribution, including patient monitors, electrocardiogram recorders and defibrillators”, explained Stuart.
“Due to extra areas being commissioned around the Trust, certain items had to be relocated to meet the clinical needs of those departments. They were tagged, meaning we can keep track and move them back to their original locations when needed, while ensuring thorough infection control processes are in place.”