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Sensors 2016, 16(12), 2031; doi:10.3390/s16122031

Evaluation of a Tracking System for Patients and Mixed Intravenous Medication Based on RFID Technology

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Department of Information and Communications Technologies, Faculty of Computer Science, Campus Elviña S/N, University of A Coruña, A Coruña E-15071, Spain
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Complejo Hospitalario Universitario, A Coruña 15006, Spain
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Academic Editors: Vladimir Villarreal and Carmelo R. García
Received: 7 September 2016 / Revised: 31 October 2016 / Accepted: 28 November 2016 / Published: 30 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from UCAmI, IWAAL and AmIHEALTH 2015)
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At present, one of the primary concerns of healthcare professionals is how to increase the safety and quality of the care that patients receive during their stay in hospital. This is particularly important in the administration of expensive and high-risk medicines with which it is fundamental to minimize the possibility of adverse events in the process of prescription-validation-preparation/dosage-dispensation-administration of intravenous mixes. This work is a detailed analysis of the evaluation, carried out by the health personnel involved in the Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) system developed in the Day Hospital and Pharmacy services of the Complejo Hospitalario Universitario A Coruña (CHUAC). The RFID system is evaluated by analyzing surveys completed by said health personnel, since their questions represent the key indicators of the patient care process (safety, cost, adequacy with the clinical practice). This work allows us to conclude, among other things, that the system tracks the patients satisfactorily and that its cost, though high, is justified in the context of the project context (use of dangerous and costly medication). View Full-Text
Keywords: RFID; evaluation; traceability; safety; adverse events RFID; evaluation; traceability; safety; adverse events
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Martínez Pérez, M.; Vázquez González, G.; Dafonte, C. Evaluation of a Tracking System for Patients and Mixed Intravenous Medication Based on RFID Technology. Sensors 2016, 16, 2031.

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