Originally Published MPMN July/August 2005
RFID and Bar Code Reader Helps Increase Patient Safety
|RFID wristbands for use in patient identification are produced using a RFID and bar code read and write unit.|
A radio-frequency identification (RFID) and bar code reader is designed to improve the accuracy of patient identification and safety. The DR 1000 Dual Reader from Precision Dynamics Corp. (San Fernando, CA) can read or write to RFID wristbands and scan 1-D or 2-D bar codes. The tethered unit combines an RFID reader and writer and an imaging bar code scanner.
The device can reduce common manual data-entry errors, eliminate repetitive data entry during medical treatment, and parse data automatically to fill in appropriate fields on a form.
“In recognizing the need to facilitate the interoperability between RFID and bar codes, we developed a device that can read and write to an RFID wristband and read a bar code,” says Irwin Thall, the company’s manager for healthcare. “The DR 1000 will easily connect to point-of-care mobile carts and devices such as ECG machines, pulse oximeters, and infusion pumps—allowing for seamless and efficient patient administration, tracking, and care.”
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