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North Carolina Hospital Identifies Recalled Drugs Via RFID
The UHF solution, provided by Kit Check, enables the CaroMont Regional Medical Center to reduce the time employees spend locating and replacing recalled medications on crash carts, as well as replacing drugs and resealing kits, from more than 20 hours down to about two hours.
Once medications are packed within the kit, it is placed inside the scanning station, which comes with a built-in RFID reader. According to MacDonald, the type of reader installed in the stations varies. The station's reader interrogates all tags and forwards that data to the software via a wired connection to a PC. Based on the tag reads, the Kit Check software determines if the medications match that kit's requirements. It then stores the results, displaying an alert if the kit is missing medications or contains an incorrect drug.
Prior to the Kit Check system's installation, workers had to walk to every cart within each department, visually identify kits that might contain a recalled medication and break each seal to look inside. The kits then needed to be resealed, even if the recalled drug was not present. That task could often take several hours or days to complete, MacDonald says. But with the RFID solution in place, he notes, the response to a typical recall can be reduced from about 20 to 30 hours, down to only around two hours.
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