At the click of a mouse in the task management system, hospital staff can immediately see the location and status of each individual ventilator. (Image: Aarhus Universitetshospital)

Improved Response to Covid-19 with RFID Tagged Ventilators

Within a weekend, 132 devices were tagged at the new University Hospital Aarhus!

As in many countries around the world, all hospitals in Denmark were "converted" into Covid-19 treatment centers at short notice. All non-essential operations and treatments have been postponed in order to maintain the highest possible capacity to treat Covid-19 patients. A central aspect is the provision of sufficient ventilators.

In an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global, Lars Ganzhorn Knudsen, CIO of the new University Hospital Aarhus, talks about the great advantages of a comprehensive IoT infrastructure for short-term application implementation.

Comprehensive RFID Infrastructure Increases Responsiveness

A comprehensive UHF RFID infrastructure is integrated in the newly built Aarhus University Hospital. Around 3,600 readers cover all areas of the building. This existing installation has now enabled the hospital to implement 100 % tracking of all available ventilators within a few days.

In just one weekend, employees of the in-house tag lab defined, coded and printed the appropriate labels for the devices. This was followed by the labeling of all devices.

"This realization in the shortest possible time is a good example that illustrates how important a nationwide tracking infrastructure can be - and what benefits it can bring to hospital operations. Ultimately, the use of technology benefits the fastest and best possible patient treatment," says Lars Ganzhorn Knudsen.

Locating Devices with a Click

At the click of a mouse in the task management system, hospital staff can immediately see the location and status of each individual ventilator. Localization indicates that a device is located and used in an intensive care room. The new University Hospital Aarhus has a total of 1,150 beds, of which 74 beds are intensive care beds in the highest emergency phase depending on the development of the pandemic.

In the other hospitals throughout the regions, project work is also currently underway with the aim of implementing tracking solutions. "Exact data on all equipment supports the staff in providing the best possible patient care. The already existing RFID infrastructure has contributed considerably to implementing this application in just a few days. An increasing number of clinics in Denmark and throughout Europe are now seeing these benfits," emphasizes Lars Ganzhorn Kudsen.

Would you like to know more?

In the upcoming issue of RFID & Wireless IoT Global "Logistics in Medicine, Clinics, Laboratories and Pharmaceuticals", a comprehensive article will be published in which Lars Ganzhorn Knudsen reports exclusive insights into the latest implemented IoT application at the Aarhus University Hospital. Make a note of this date: The E-Magazine will be published on May 26th 2020.

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