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RFID Labels Solution for High-Value Medical Supplies

As medical technology advances, hospitals struggle to manage their growing inventory of high-value supplies. Traditional methods lack efficiency, accurate tracking, and generate high costs.

RFID technology offers a powerful solution. Its data collection and identification capabilities enable intelligent management of the entire medical supply chain, improving efficiency and reducing costs.

Classification of High-Value Medical Supplies by Material Type:

High-value medical supplies can be classified into three categories based on material type: metal supplies, liquid supplies, and other non-metallic solid medical supplies.

High-value medical supplies are typically stored in operating rooms or secure cabinets with access control measures such as facial recognition or fingerprint scanning. To facilitate identification and retrieval, these supplies often utilize RFID flag tags partially affixed to their packaging rather than full-surface labels. RFID flag tags offer an optimal solution for this application.

1.Tag Selection Recommendations for Metal and Liquid Supplies:

– Common metal supplies include:

  • Vascular interventional supplies
  • Orthopedic implant supplies
  • Neurosurgical supplies
  • Electrophysiology supplies

– Common liquid supplies include:

  • Supplies containing liquid drugs
  • Extracorporeal circulation and blood purification materials
  • Other medical equipment and surgical materials that require liquid assistance may also be classified as liquid supplies.

Metal and liquid supplies can interfere with the RFID tag signal, affecting the accuracy of inventory management. Therefore, it is crucial to choose a tag type that can resist interference. Compared to anti-metal tags that can only be used for metal supplies and anti-liquid tags that can only be used for liquid supplies, flag-type RFID flag tags are suitable for both metal and liquid supply management, without limitations, and lower in cost, with a more comprehensive range of medical supply management applications.

Product Name: UHF Medical Label OS2040-U9

Dimensions: 55*30mm (customizable)

Chip: UCODE 9 (customizable)

Services: Printing, coding, printing, etc.

High-value medical supply RFID tags mainly use standing RFID tags to avoid the influence of metal and liquid on the reading of RFID tags.

In terms of chip selection, the recommended chips are currently Monza R6 and NXP UCODE8 series, which are highly sensitive and easy to identify.

As shown in the figure above, the label pasting area can be enlarged according to the printing requirements to meet the needs of the printed content. It is also possible to use the method of separate pasting of RFID and printing paper.

2.Label installation

The label installation mainly adopts the vertical pasting method away from metal or liquid. For boxed consumables, it can be pasted from the front. For bagged consumables, because there will be more front and back staggered situations, it is recommended to use the method of pasting on the top.

Note: All consumables with aluminum foil packaging must be pasted out and away from the packaging. Some high-value consumables have paper shells as the outer box, but the internal packaging is indeed aluminum foil metal packaging. This type of consumables also needs to fly out the labels uniformly and away from metal.

For small consumables, such as suture kits, there are many categories of suture kits that also belong to aluminum foil metal packaging, which are small in size and easy to be chaotically stacked.

For chaotically stacked small consumables, it is recommended to use multiple small grids to separate them to provide a standardized placement environment.

3. Label usage process

Warehousing

After the materials are purchased, they are put into the warehouse. The RFID printer automatically prints the RFID label, which is manually attached to the corresponding consumables. The consumables are placed in the high-value consumables cabinet. The consumables cabinet can accurately count the types and quantities of consumables stored in the current cabinet, and the relevant data is automatically submitted to the background database.

Collection

Specific personnel need to use fingerprints or faces, or swipe cards to open the cabinet to collect consumables. After the collection is completed, the cabinet door is closed. The system automatically counts the properties and quantities of high-value consumables in the cabinet and submits them to the background database.

Inventory reminder

When the number of consumables in the cabinet is lower than the safety value, it will automatically prompt the warehouse to reissue consumables or purchase consumables.

4. RFID tags for non-metallic solid medical consumables

Common non-metallic solid medical consumables:

– Ophthalmic materials: such as artificial lenses;

– Dental materials: such as resin materials for dental implants, tooth restoration materials, etc.

– Non-metallic materials used in surgeries in other departments, such as sutures, medical tapes, biological patches, etc.

There are two conditions for RFID tags suitable for non-metallic solid medical consumables

(1) There is aluminum film in the packaging box of the consumables

Some consumables that require aluminum film are mainly concentrated on products that are sensitive to humidity, light and oxygen. These products require aluminum film to provide excellent moisture-proof, light-proof, oxygen-proof and other protective properties.

– Non-metallic solid medical consumables that are sensitive to humidity: biological preparations, freeze-dried vaccines, diagnostic reagents

– Non-metallic solid medical consumables that need to be protected from light: photosensitive drugs, such as fluoroquinolones; diagnostic kits;

– Non-metallic solid medical consumables that need to be oxygen-proof: drugs and vaccines that need to be oxygen-proof, etc.

There is aluminum film in the package – recommended label: 55*30mm (that is, the RFID Flag Tag mentioned above)

5. Labeling Options for Non-High-Value Medical Supplies

RFID flag tags are not generally recommended for non-high-value medical supplies due to their higher cost compared to standard RFID tags. For low-value supplies, detailed inventory management is often not required, and labeling each individual unit may not be economically viable. In these cases, standard and low-cost inventory tags are more suitable.

Special Considerations for Non-High-Value Medical Supplies:

Certain non-high-value medical supplies may require specific RFID tags due to unique characteristics. For instance, blood bags necessitate RFID tags with specialized face materials to ensure compatibility and functionality.

6. Contact for Medical RFID Tag Solutions:

For more comprehensive guidance on medical RFID tag requirements, please contact our RFID product manager for expert consultation and sample requests. We are committed to providing tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of your healthcare facility.

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