It’s a daily struggle for staff: wandering hospital floors, trying to locate missing equipment when they need it most. Nurses hide equipment in storage closets, just so they won’t have to track it down later. Other items are simply lost or stolen. Whatever the cause, time spent searching is time taken away from patients and caregiving, which drives down patient and staff satisfaction. But it’s not just nurses. Biomedical teams also search for misplaced assets, which wastes their time and productivity, too.
This struggle leads to frustration and dips in patient satisfaction scores. For hospitals and health systems, these issues repeat in a costly cycle of over-purchasing. To combat this constant need for missing equipment, facilities simply buy more of everything. It adds up: non-value-added time and over-purchasing can combine to a staggering $7M per year for the average 300-bed hospital.1
Since this issue affects healthcare facilities of all sizes, Midmark has launched its next-generation real-time locating system (RTLS). Simple to deploy and easy to operate, the RTLS features cloud-based software and plug-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensors, paired with BLE tags affixed to mobile equipment. Staff can view where assets are in real-time, quickly and easily locating them, which creates more time for value-added caregiving and equipment maintenance.