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Last resort: automated documentation

Emergency services and rescue teams are under enormous time pressure. When they have to reach patients in a certain amount of time to be able to care for them in the best way possible, it is understandable that meticulous documentation in accordance with the Medical Devices Act is not at the forefront of their mind. Because if a device falls, is forgotten when things are hectic or is mistakenly seen as the property of a hospital, the team will borrow a replacement from another ambulance in an emergency. The result? The Medical Device Officer then has to sort things out the next morning. Not to mention the fact that the rescue organisation has violated its documentation obligations.

But the process is quite different in an ambulance equipped with RFID tags. Before and after the start of each crew’s duty, even before and after each mission, the entire stock of the vehicle can be scanned and logged in just a few seconds. Any device that has been exchanged for another is immediately recorded and documented. Interfaces to MPG administration software automatically make this data available on the relevant platforms. That saves time, is very precise and fulfils the minimum requirements of the legal documentation obligation.

Moreover, missing devices are detected automatically. This means that after they have been on a mission, the crew can check whether they have got all devices on board, and specifically all the right devices. It happens all too often, for example, that syringe pumps from within the vehicle are mixed up with hospital material.

With an RFID solution, you thus avoid the time-consuming search for devices as well as unnecessary replacement purchases, and allow the emergency personnel to do their job well without having to think about troublesome documentation.

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