Help! I Can’t Find My OR Supplies! Innovative RFID Initiative Uses “Smart” Trash Bins in the OR to Track and Manage Supplies

Tracking and locating surgical supplies and their utilization is a challenge faced by most hospitals. Average supply returns for picked supplies is low and O.R. room in and out traffic to retrieve unavailable items is high, and significant staff hours are spent checking consumption and restocking and locating supplies. 

UTMC and DeRoyal have developed and implemented a "smart" radio frequency identification (RFID) trash bin (Continuum OR) that tracks inventory used during a case, charges for that inventory, and shows where items are located in the room in real time. 

Outcomes

UTMC’s initial studies from 11 orthopedic and neurosurgery rooms have shown that “cashier” duties can be taken away from the circulating nurse, who can then focus on the patient, reduce the amount of supplies wasted and has saved their organization 2 to 3 million dollars.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
AHRMM 1 Hour from December 28, 2016