Kemas’ RFID Solutions for the Modern Hospital | Interview with “RFID im Blick”

Articles | By KEMAS | 07 May 2015

RFID Applications for Safer Narcotics Handling and more Efficient Med Wear Management

Hospital processes are subject to higher safety and hygiene requirements so that the health of patients and staff is not endangered. Unauthorised access to drugs, for example, has to be prevented. Handling employees’ med wear is also complex. The company Kemas provides solutions for both areas using RFID technology. Kemas presents its concepts in the ‘Hospital of the Future’, which was created and managed by the Fraunhofer ISST.

Frizzi Seltmann, Marketing Manager, Kemas, in interview with “RFID im Blick”

Management of Work Wear

The management and logistics of hospital garments is a labour- intensive challenge. For hygiene reasons the work wear of a hospital employee must be changed every two days at a minimum. The texLOG solution from Kemas enables demand- driven availability and supply around the clock.

Centerpiece tex NET Software

UHF tags are integrated into the textiles and the tex NET software application provides information about each item. In addition, hospital staff get an allocation of working clothes according to their requirements in terms of size and type of apparel. If a hospital uses employee RFID ID cards, they can be also used for identification at the self-service work wear dispensers. The employees receive fresh garments according to their work wear profile. When the personal allocation is exceeded, the system calls for the return of the clothes that have been taken. In addition to self-service work wear dispensers, Kemas also offers solutions for entire rooms with an RFID gate at the door if hospital conditions make this necessary.

Target: Med Wear Pooling and Inventory Reduction

The advantage of an RFID-based solution is that garments can be better managed by changing from an individual to a pool med wear supply. Instead of an inflexible, centralised and labour-intensive distribution of attire, several small selfservice dispensers supply hospital gowns around the clock. “Employees no longer need to hoard apparel in order to always have clean clothes,” says Frizzi Seltmann. Constantly collecting data about med wear usage increases transparency. It optimises the flow of garments, reduces the shrinkage rates and makes it possible to calculate demand accurately. All this leads to a reduction of the apparel inventory and consequently to a reduction in costs.

Narcotics Safety

Required Security: Why and Where?

The access and storage of narcotics are subject to strict legal regulations due to health risks associated with taking the wrong drugs. These drugs are an essential part of modern medicine, and so they must be securely stored. Access has to be restricted to authorised staff and unauthorised access has to be prevented.

RFID-Based Cabinet Solution

The Tyrolean Hospital (Tilak) has been using one of Kemas’ RFID-based cabinet solutions for some time now. The software specifies those who are authorised to open the narcotics safes on the ward or in the room in front of the OR. An RFID card means that employees can identify themselves at the safe and remove any medication once they have been authorised.

Automatic Logging

Every authorised, attempted or unauthorised access is logged automatically. To meet the legal requirements, the name of the drug withdrawn and the amount withdrawn must be manually recorded in a narcotics control book. The system allows RFIDbased secure storage and logging of accesses in a simple way as it is required in the clinical environment. A further development of this system could be its integration with an alarm system, which has been done in Tilak’s pharmacy.

Two Flagship Show Cases – in Collaboration with Fraunhofer ISST

Kemas demonstrates their concepts, developments and applications which are already in use in the “Hospital of the Future” which was established by the Fraunhofer ISST. Kemas’ self-service med wear dispenser and issuing system, which both are easily operated by touch screen, are shown in the OR theatre wing. Medical instrument cases and surgical sets equipped with RFID, barcode or QR code labels provide a real time overview of current stock, because their storage and removal from the cabinet is automatically logged.

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