How long are your nurses spending looking for equipment?
Nurses spend hours each day scouring multi-story hospitals in search of vital equipment. With time being crucial, lost equipment can lead to dangerous situations. RTLS (real-time location system) is a simple solution which gives nurses pinpoint the location of their equipment on a map – so items can be located in seconds.
WHAT IS RTLS
A Real-time location system (RTLS) is used to automatically identify and track the location of objects or people in real-time.
Generally, in indoor RTLS wireless tags are placed onto the object or person being tracked. Fixed reference points (aka gateways) receive wireless signals from the tags to determine their location.
NURSES SPEND 10% OF THEIR TIME LOCATING VITAL ASSETS EACH DAY
Studies have found that nurses waste 10% of their time finding lost equipment. Nurses are a quarter of a hospital’s budget so this equates to a lot of wasted money for hospitals. Roughly 10 million dollars per Annum for a large Australian hospital. An RTLS solution would cost a fraction of that price to set up and less to maintain, saving a fortune.
FINDING EQUIPMENT FAST COULD BE LIFESAVING
In fact, when there are greater numbers of healthcare devices, this leads to more difficulty in finding the much-needed device. That could lead to underutilization of critical equipment. A study found that many hospitals report equipment utilization rates of lower than 50%, which is well below the industry accepted use rate of 70 – 80%.
HOW TO OPTIMIZE STAFF TIME SPENT FINDING LOST EQUIPMENT
10-15% of hospitals use real-time tracking of their equipment, with a resultant reduction in time spent searching for devices. As more and more medical facilities adopt some type of indoor locating systems, time lost in searching for equipment and even staff will drop significantly, freeing time up for what really matters; providing the best possible care to patients.
DO YOU HAVE EQUIPMENT GATHERING DUST?
Another large benefit of a Real-time location system for a hospital is the statistics that result from knowing when equipment gets used and where it gets used. From this data, the right amount of equipment can be maintained and ordered. As a result of knowing when equipment has been used and how often, they can better utilize the equipment- achieving the industry accepted use rate of 70 – 80%
THE SOLUTION- ATLAS
- View your assets on the map (equipment, tools and vehicles)
- Emergency alerts if your assets leave your site
- Be notified if your assets are underutilised
- Automated daily audit
Nurses no longer spend 10% of their time looking for equipment. (according to this study)
Hospitals will save up to 10 million per year on nurses time spent looking for equipment (extrapolation based on Royal Melbourne hospital’s budget)
HOW DOES ATLAS WORK?
Simply place a Bluetooth tag on an asset that needs to be tracked and wireless ‘gateways’ are placed throughout the site. These gateways receive ‘Bluetooth advertising’ — this is just a fancy way of saying they receive a signal from the tags. This signal tells the real-time location of the tag to the gateway and the gateway tells the Atlas system. The tag’s battery should last between one to five years.