safety is the top priority for every healthcare provider. To help
healthcare providers track and trace all
medical devices, manufacturers are now required to apply Unique Device Identification
(UDI) to all medical devices from the point of production, during shipment,
through the product’s use and finally, to its disposal. Although
this is predominantly a safety feature, it has the ability to do so much more.
from the UDI allows the manufacturer to store information such as the
manufacturer, model, version, serial number and use by date. All of this
information can be scanned in an instant and uploaded to the healthcare
providers Enterprise Resource Program (ERP). Not only does this save time
but a barcode scanner has an error rate of 1 in
10,000,000 characters scanned compared to that of manual data entry which is 1
spent with the patient is crucial so paired with the appropriate software, the healthcare provider can
streamline processes to ensure time isn’t wasted inputting data. The data
derived from the UDI can be used to optimise inventory management. This
can enable the healthcare provider to implement the first in, first out rule, reduce waste, ensure
accurate stock levels and maintain traceability to ease the task of preparing
of the UDI can help to ensure incorrect or expired devices are not used.
In the case of recalls, the healthcare provider can quickly establish the location
of the medical device and remove it without negatively impacting at the point
of care. Faulty medical supplies/devices can be highlighted, located and
pulled from the supply chain.
When laser marking is added within the hospitals sterile services department an UDI can be applied to surgical devices allowing it to be traced and tracked throughout the entire cleaning, packing and disinfection process in the hospital decontamination unit. The laser marking process does not affect the passive protective layer of the instrument and can be used on stainless steel, adonised aluminium, titanium and plastic.
Linked below is a case study of the successful implementation of UDI using Datalogic Laser Marking System within NHS Tayside Central Decontamination Unit – Datalogic Case Study.
scanners are created equally, contact Sciamed now to discuss your current
scanner and software package and see how you can incorporate the advantages of
UDI to your business.