RFID In Nursing

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There are several reports of occurrence of medical errors in hospitals. Some of them are inaccurate patient identification [1], surgery at a wrong site [2], [3], improper administration of drugs [4], [5], mislabeled bio-samples [6], wrong interpretation of hand written prescription, wrong transfusion of blood [7], and leaving surgical items in the human body. All these errors are man-made errors. The occurrence of these errors was coupled with complex and cumbersome nature of the health care process demanding unpredictable service. As well, both health care and patient care processes practiced some routinely tasks to be performed, which make the health care staff more fatigued and more distracted, hence, more errors may be induced. Medication…show more content…
The return-on-investment of the RFID technology was better compared to the corresponding return-on-investment due to utilizing other technologies. Applications of RFID are not only limited to the industrial sectors, but it can be also utilized for domestic and social sectors. For instance, RFID can be used for tracking highly active children in the amusement park, monitoring Alzheimer and dementia patients, identifying victims of the tsunami, and for tracking lost pets. Nowadays, the use of RFID in health care becomes prevalent for several reasons. As they can be used for locating valuable assets [15]-[17] during emergency care in order to reduce the search time, as well as tracking patients, doctors, nursing staff, blood samples, and administering of drugs by nurses. Exploiting more potential for the RFID, hospitals can deliver an effective patient care with less cost and reliable patient identification, in addition to guaranteeing safety for patients…show more content…
Most of them clarified patient safety and device safety based on the magnetic susceptibility of the device, the physical dimension of the device, static magnetic field of the MRI scanner, and the MRI sequences performed. However, it is necessary that every device be tested in the MRI environment, as per the procedures laid out in the ASTM Standards, before their use in real time applications. The issues need to be resolved for a device are: functionality of the device, its movement, heating, and artifacts in the captured MRI images. Basically, if any device fails to comply with one of the above categories, risk will be posed to the patient who is carrying this particular device. Besides, the unreliable operation of such a device may lead to improper diagnosis.
In this paper, an overview of the recent works related to the utilization of RFID in various MRI environments and their results, is presented, compared and discussed. In addition, the present and the future directions of using RFID in an MRI environment, is
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