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Traceability in Patient Healthcare through the Integration of RFID Technology in an ICU in a Hospital

CITIC—Department of Computer Science, University of A Coruña, Campus de Elviña s/n, 15071 A Coruña, Spain
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Sensors 2018, 18(5), 1627; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18051627
Received: 13 March 2018 / Revised: 14 May 2018 / Accepted: 16 May 2018 / Published: 19 May 2018
Patient safety is a principal concern for health professionals in the care process and it is, therefore, necessary to provide information management systems to each unit of the hospital, capable of tracking patients and medication to reduce the occurrence of adverse events and therefore increase the quality of care received by patients during their stay in hospital. This work presents a tool for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a key service with special characteristics, which computerises and tracks admissions, care plans, vital monitoring, the prescription and medication administration process for patients in this service. To achieve this, it is essential that innovative and cutting-edge technologies are implemented such as Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which is now being implemented in diverse environments bringing a range of benefits to the tasks for which it is employed. View Full-Text
Keywords: NFC; traceability; adverse effects; ICU NFC; traceability; adverse effects; ICU
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Martínez Pérez, M.; Dafonte, C.; Gómez, Á. Traceability in Patient Healthcare through the Integration of RFID Technology in an ICU in a Hospital. Sensors 2018, 18, 1627.

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