Thanks to the implementation of GS1 RFID tags, clinical staff can now access medical devices where and when they need them. Average times for supplying a device to a ward is down to around 12 minutes. Audit times have been reduced significantly, too – from 90 minutes to just eight minutes.
Device utilisation has also increased. That means money isn’t wasted on needlessly hiring devices puchasing additional equipment.
Crucially, the use of RFID tags has also highlighted potential patient safety issues. For example, A&E had specific settings on syringe drivers, which caused problems when these devices were used by staff who were unfamiliar with the settings. The RFID tagging highlighted this issue, resulting in additional staff training and the introduction of generic settings.