With automatic Identification and data capture technologies like the Radio Frequency Identification Technology, patient’s safety has significantly improved. Following are reasons why patient security can be enhanced by using a good tracking system:
High Traceability of patients
Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) enables better traceability of patients. For instance, patients who have certain illnesses or diseases are better tracked. When patients visit at another time, dentists are ready with the right instruments for the treatment plan.
Monitoring the mismatched or missing items in a surgical item
Unavailability or loss of certain surgical instruments can cause distress in the operation room. The patient might face a delayed or ineffective treatment. Dental surgical instrument sets come with pre-defined tools and may sometimes contain over 200 dental tools. A technician must precisely assemble the sets and ensure all items are intact. This is why the instrument tracking system can be very helpful. Through the system, technicians get a clearer idea for identifying instruments. Also, this helps them to match and identify surgical instruments using barcodes.
Effective handling of recalls
While handling a recall from a sterilization batch, the important thing is to recover the affected item. The manual sterilization process does not contain sufficient information about the load present in each batch and so it becomes the staff’s responsibility to check labels sourced on every pack in storage to retrieve recalled items. On the other hand, a high-end surgical instrument tracking system generates a detailed record of each batch and helps identify the affected inventory. The system can also trace a patient type if an affected batch is used on the patient before the recall. This helps in taking care of the patient in a more efficient way.
Even the top-notch dental surgical instruments checklist cannot guard against non-functioning tools made for the operation room. Needle holder jaws and cracked hinges may catch an infection that could lead to even more health issues. When technicians are not properly trained to monitor instruments, patients are unnecessarily at risk. Through the instrument monitoring system, the technicians access the manufacturer-recommended instructions for maintenance and care. The tracking system also helps staff focus better on the instrument quality.
Timely reprocessing of the expired batch
An excellent oral surgical instrument tracking system can quickly identify expired sets. Without the system, the process is done manually, requiring checking labels individually, making the process prone to omissions and errors.
Labelling of the sterile pack is important. Inaccurate or incomplete labelling can easily compromise the safety of the patients which also confuses the caregivers. Handwritten labels are susceptible to errors and mislabeling of surgical instruments. A good tracking system contains print pack labels with all the necessary information required for use.
Better Data for the advocacy of patient’s safety
Instrument usage like forceps or dental elevators, if overused, can compromise patient safety. On the other hand, the tracking system gives insight into usage patterns so that the right inventory level is maintained, wastages reduced, and the management can be informed about the maintenance and quality of the instruments.
The biggest factor that contributes to patient safety is the quality of the surgical instruments. The marketplace has competitors that do not have the right quality instruments which could damage the patient’s health. GerDentUSA supplies and manufactures the best quality dental surgical instruments for dentists and oral surgeons around the world.
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