Medical Instrument Tracking in Hospitals and Polyclinics
A medical instrument is a tool or device for performing specific actions or carrying out desired effects during a surgery or operation, such as modifying biological tissue, or to provide access for viewing it. Some surgical instruments are designed for general use in surgery, while others are designed for a specific procedure.
This instrument may provide assistances to a surgeon with the proper handling of surgical instruments during an operation, by a specialized professional, usually a surgical technologist or sometimes a nurse or radiographer.
The surgical instrument cycle includes procurement, assembly, packaging, sterilization, storage, distribution, utilization and decontamination processes. A lot of errors may go wrong on every stage of the cycle, including lost or misplaced medical devices, wrong sterilization methods, wrong instrument sets sent to the point of use, delays resulted from manual counting and more. In most cases these mistakes occur due to the human factor in conventional environments. Increased risk, weak staff accountability, and oftenly lawsuits. In addition, manual processes of handling the medical devices often result in a severe lack of quality data upon which to make significant clinical improvements.