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By Beth Bacheldor

Canada's University Health Network to Use Haldor RFID System to Manage Surgical Instruments

Haldor Advanced Technologies has announced that its ORLocate System, a comprehensive RFID-enabled surgical instrument and sponge life-cycle management and visibility platform, will be installed in the University Health Network (UHN)'s medical device reprocessing centers. The UHN, one of Canada's largest health-care providers, operates four hospitals in Toronto, and will use the ORLocate system to improve infection control, reduce the cost of ownership for surgical instruments, provide workflow visibility and optimize the utilization of surgical sets, according to Haldor Advanced Technologies.

The ORLocate system is an automated RFID-based solution designed to help hospitals improve patient safety, reduce costs and increase operational efficiency in operating rooms and sterile processing departments, Haldor Advanced Technologies explains. The solution monitors and tracks surgical instruments and consumables, including sponges, on an individual basis before, during and at the conclusion of a surgical procedure.

The deployment began in mid-July, and is expected to be taken live during the fourth quarter of this year, according to Ram Alt, Haldor Advanced Technologies' VP of products. The ORLocate Sterile Processing Department (SPD) module, Alt says, will be installed at UHN's two large sterilization-processing sites that serve three hospitals and several clinics and research facilities. Haldor Advanced Technologies will install the ORLocate SPD module and ORLocate View, a new reporting and analytics module designed to provide on-demand data mining and on-the-fly reporting to support a continuous improvement cycle. The company will also deploy its proprietary RFID antennas and newly developed RFID set tag that has been optimized for this use case (which, Alt says, will be made commercially available soon). The system will utilize RFID to monitor more than 7,000 surgical sets. "In the second stage of the project," he states, "UHN may expand it for intraoperative item management, leverage RFID to reduce 'never events', and further improve their ability to measure instrument level utilization, reduce total cost of ownership and additional benefits."

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