Many years of research pay off!
Surgeons focus on two aspects during an operation: firstly, the safety of the patient, and secondly, the efficiency of the entire operation process. Surgical time is the most expensive time in a hospital. Every minute saved reduces the burden on the health system. And any solution to increase patient safety in the OR is essentially the right solution.
In a two-year research project, the physician and TU Delft doctoral student Frédérique Meeuwsen investigated how both these aspects can be best taken into account through the use of technology. The research work ended in February with a first live use during a laparoscopically performed operation on an inguinal hernia.
For the first time, the RFID tracking solution developed in the research project for instruments used during surgery was able to prove its efficiency. Now the results from the research work are to be transferred into scalable solutions. In addition to increasing patient safety and efficiency in operating theatres, there are other objectives for the RFID identification of instruments.
Compiled by RFID & Wireless IoT Global with information from Frédérique Meeuwsen, PhD student at TU Delft, the Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft and Van Straten Medical