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AHRMM On-Demand Webinar: Help! I Can’t Find My OR Supplies! Innovative RFID Initiative Uses “Smart” Trash Bins in the OR to Track and Manage Supplies

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Tracking and locating surgical supplies and their utilization is a challenge faced by most hospitals. Average supply returns for picked supplies is low and O.R. room in and out traffic to retrieve unavailable items is high, and significant staff hours are spent checking consumption and restocking and locating supplies.  
 
UTMC and DeRoyal have developed and implemented a "smart" radio frequency identification (RFID) trash bin (Continuum OR) that tracks inventory used during a case, charges for that inventory, and shows where items are located in the room in real time.  
 
Outcomes
UTMC’s initial studies from 11 orthopedic and neurosurgery rooms have shown that “cashier” duties can be taken away from the circulating nurse, who can then focus on the patient, reduce the amount of supplies wasted and has saved their organization 2 to 3 million dollars.
 
Learning Objectives:
 
•Describe RFID and its use in operating rooms
•Understand the challenges of implementing RFID
•Become knowledgeable of the scope of RFID technology in reducing costs and automating inventory systems
 
 
Presenter:  
 
Becky Ashin, University of Tennessee Medical Center  
 


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