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Smart medical environment at the point of care: auto-tracking clinical interventions at the bed side using RFID technology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20471637     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We developed a wireless auto-tracking system for tracking clinical intervention such as drug administrations and blood tests at the patient bedside. The system can not only authenticate patients and nurses, but also confirm medications and provide relevant information, depending on the clinical situation and personnel location. We conducted a feasibility experiment and examined whether or not the system could work as a patient safety measure in terms of reducing misidentifications of patients and medical errors including wrong medication type, dose, time, and route. Also, the duration of clinical interventions in the system were measured to compare with the BCMA system. Moreover, we conducted a qualitative evaluation with nurses and received feedback clarifying their perceptions of the system. The results showed that the system correctly recognized medical staff, patient ID, and medication data in real time. With regards to workflow time, a significant reduction of time of clinical interventions was observed, when compared to a bar-coding system. In addition, on the nurses' evaluation, we received mostly positive comments although they also clarified some issues to consider with regards to operability and privacy issues. We concluded that the system had great potential for reducing medical errors and nurse workload with high efficiency.
Kumiko Ohashi; Sakiko Ota; Lucila Ohno-Machado; Hiroshi Tanaka
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2010-05-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Computers in biology and medicine     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1879-0534     ISO Abbreviation:  Comput. Biol. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-10     Completed Date:  2010-09-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1250250     Medline TA:  Comput Biol Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  545-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of General Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1620 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120-1613, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Drug Information Services / instrumentation
Equipment Design
Medication Errors / prevention & control
Nursing Care
Point-of-Care Systems*
Radio Frequency Identification Device*
Safety Management*
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