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Summa Akron City Hospital Tracks EMS Stretchers, Reduces Wait Times
The Ohio hospital is employing RFID to learn how long it takes for patients arriving at its emergency department to be transferred from stretchers to beds, which has helped it to minimize delays.
The hospital needed a way to measure the actual amount of time that patients spent waiting for a bed. By using an RFID system, the facility would be able to determine whether long waits were actual or only perceived.
A trial RFID deployment took place in early 2010, consisting of Confidex passive Survivor ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags zip-tied to stretchers, as well as a Barcoding Inc. Weatherproof RFID Interpreter RFID reader mounted near the entrance that had a USB port for downloading the collected read data to a computer, to then be viewed on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The reader used for the trial was designed for trade shows, Zalewski says.
Following the trial's completion, the hospital continued collecting data from the RFID reader, and it has since increased coverage to about 100 stretchers from 30 municipalities or companies. A hospital worker attached a tag to each stretcher, and that tag's unique ID number was linked, on an Excel spreadsheet, to data regarding that stretcher's owner.
When its bed capacity increased in 2012 from 45 beds to 75, the hospital was able to use the RFID data to confirm that wait times were on the decline. The medical center's goal is to transfer 90 percent of emergency patients from stretchers to beds in 15 minutes or less, and 100 percent in 30 minutes or less.
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