Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Tagging System

Mike Rowlands

Noel Harry

Andrew Morris

Spencer Hopkins

Marta Kasprzyk

Industry Partners:

Stanley Healthcare

Simon Jarvis

Becton Dickinson

Peter Highmore

Mark Maggs

Jose Maria de Pablo del Olmo

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMUHB) has over 25,000 Capital and Revenue medical devices with a combined value of over £40M. This equipment contributes to the diagnosis and treatment of patients across a wide range of clinical disciplines. These devices are in the main mobile and can “follow” the patient between departments and even between hospitals.

During this movement, many devices are lost or mislaid, the effect of which reduces the number available to treat patients and takes up staff time in locating them. In February 2009 the Nursing Times reported that a third of nurses spend one hour every shift looking for medical equipment. This equates to over £4 million in lost nurses’ time per annum when applied to ABMUHB.

An evidence based solution to this problem, which has well documented peer reviewed tangible benefits, is to introduce a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging system. This system would utilise the hospital’s existing wireless infrastructure and would allow staff to locate tagged assets within a few metres of its location, providing 24/7 visibility of all key assets.

This Project Supports Prudent Healthcare

Part of Cohort Bevan Exemplar Projects 2015-16