HEALTHCARE LAUNDRY AND RFID

With RFID technology, elaborate and expensive sorting and counting by hand is no longer necessary.

In hospitals and nursing homes the challenge of linen inventory management is compounded by concerns over infection. Healthcare organizations of all kinds are under enormous pressure to prevent and control infections, particularly as diseases can be easily spread by soiled linens. For example, infections among hospital patients are on the rise due to easily spread microorganisms, such as Clostridium Difficile (or C. Diff).

The spread of this microorganism can be deadly when other medical complications already exist.
Proper handling and cleaning of bed sheets and gowns is critical in the prevention of contagious infections. Many hospitals and other patient care facilities apply RFID tags to bed sheets and hospital gowns to track inventories, monitor usage, automate distribution and reduce item loss.

RFID tags, which can be sewn onto linens, allow items to be easily counted and monitored as they are received and returned by the laundry. In addition, hospital personnel can use handheld scanners to find linens in waste bags or stored in cupboards, enabling them to detect inappropriate disposal and identify where losses are occurring.

Our unique RFID textile identification Platform enables companies to:

Track each asset for its entire life cycle

Labour can be further reduced by permanently installing passive RFID readers in key locations to track linen movement or monitor problem areas. These fixed readers capture data in real-time without human intervention which leads to enhanced operational insight from the collected data. Using RFID to proactively monitor a high-risk area is a proven way of increasing patient and staff safety.

The RFID tags used for tracking must withstand the rigors of sanitizing linens and patient gowns to prevent infections. This simplifies that only the most durable RFID tags can be used. The use of RFID technology to track items through the commercial laundry process vastly improves inventory management, reducing loss and enabling real-time asset visibility.

Moreover, the efficiency of operational processes is greatly enhanced with the RFID capability to automatically identify and sort linens, garments, and other textiles, even while in bulk bags.

Improves Textile workflow with RFID Tracking

Save time and labor through automation

Each linen is embedded with a flexible sewn-in RFID tag, assigning each item a unique digital identification. RFID readers are placed at key transition points within the operations to track the movement and manage linens through the laundry cycle and throughout the life of the asset.

Gain real-time visibility and eliminate loss

SmartX HUB solution provides companies with real-time data on linen location and status. This item visibility helps track where in the laundry cycle different linens are, the last location, who had previous custody, and the usage and laundry history.

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