Some hospitals have used RFID to work with getting recalled devices off the hospital shelves, “but what about those who’ve not, and what about patients. Microsoft Tags & cell phones can help in quick information on drugs & medical devices. Tags can be encrypted and will work with many RFID programs. If medical device companies were to use a Tag on their devices packaging, it would only take one quick scan to ensure it hasn’t been recalled, or alert healthcare workers that new safety info has been released. Obviously if a device had been recalled, perhaps a big red screen could be used as an alert and in new safety info regarding surgical procedures, when scanned, that too would show on cell phone,” writes Barbara Duck of Medical Quack
“Scan that knee, hip, defibrillator before you use it, takes few seconds and will help hospital registries function and less mistakes. There’re real stories where patients’ve been implanted with a recalled device. One particular case involved a man implanted with a recalled “heart device” and he died when it malfunctioned. To me, this could’ve been a preventable incident and a life could’ve been saved if a simple scan would’ve put up “red flags” to not use the device,” noted Barbara.
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