RFID medication management: Keeping Drugs Out of the Hands of Healthcare Pros

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RFID medication management: Keeping Drugs Out of the Hands of Healthcare Pros

IntelliGuard, a global leader in RFID medication management technology headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif.,has announced a new software that tracks and monitors narcotic waste in acute care hospitals. The new software, named “Waste Witness” supports federal and state laws and regulations, as well as compliance standards such as Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Hospitals must meet increasingly tight regulations for the use and disposal of opioid medications provided to patients undergoing procedures in operating rooms – by RFID medication management. Every drug that is administered to a patient, or that is not fully used, must be documented, and any medicines not used must be disposed of with a witness’s confirmation. The aim is to ensure that opioids do not end up in the wrong hands.
Drugs are controlled through locked cabinets, either automated or not. Management of waste disposal, on the other hand, can be manually accomplished via paper and pen, with a witness indicating that a product was discarded.
Monitoring substance abuse by staff members is a main concern addressed by the InteliGuard system. According to the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), addiction is the primary cause of controlled substance diversion among healthcare professionals, as professions with easy access to controlled substances, such as anesthesiology and nursing, have higher rates of addiction. For example, the American Nurses Association has estimated that one in 10 nurses is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction.
Elise Claudepierre , IntelliGuard’s VP of marketing, said that

the use of RFID technology and inventory management software dramatically speeds up drug inventory processing (from minutes or hours to mere seconds), avoids human error (tags are scanned automatically) and reduces risk to the hospital and patients.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: IntelliGuard

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