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By Rich Handley

Xerafy Receives Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award

Xerafy has been named the recipient of the Frost & Sullivan's 2017 Award for New Product Innovation for RFID surgical instrument tracking systems. Xerafy's surgical instrument tracking solution supports high-accuracy tracking and automatic processing of surgical instruments, with hospitals typically achieving a return on investment within a year of deployment.

Xerafy's patented miniature RFID tags are specially designed and validated with the help of health-care professionals to withstand sterilization processes. RFID tags are attached securely with ISO 10993-compliant adhesive, and can withstand repeated autoclave temperatures and chemicals throughout the surgical instrument's lifecycle. Xerafy's system optimizes hospital workflow, provides automated traceability in real time and improves patient safety. The solution enables up to 97 percent of all surgical instruments to be tagged, enabling average cost savings of more than $3 million from increased staff efficiency and optimized operating room time.

For example, the cost of manual instrument tracking was a primary driver for Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, a German hospital. The time and cost of tracking 300,000 surgical instruments was growing at an unsustainable rate, according to Xerafy. In order to properly service and document instrument lifecycles, the hospital required a technology that could bypass the identification and reading limitation inherent in contaminated instruments, while ensuring seamless tracking operations in its Central Sterile Supply department, both before and during sterilization.

In 2016, the hospital began deploying Xerafy's autoclavable RFID tags to track instruments, and rigorous pre-deployment testing was performed. "We were able to test all the treatment processes that were used throughout the usual life cycle in test scenarios," said Sadmir Oasmancevic, Xerafy's head of CSSD, in a prepared statement. "There were no problems."

The tags' performance was established during 1,000 sterilization cycles, including exposure to chemicals, mechanical stress during transport, and material expansion during high temperatures. Similar testing on the biocompatible glue used to adhere the tags to the instruments showed no risk of dislodgement while withstanding contact with blood-, saline- and iodine-containing substances, the company reports. What's more, the usability of the retrofitted instruments was not impaired, and suppliers confirmed that the instruments still met existing certifications.

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