What’s in Your Laundry? Preventing Portable Equipment Loss in Healthcare

October 6, 2016 Wendy Werblin


The scene: a hospital patient has been under observation for a few days and is ready for discharge. When she gets dressed and packs up, she removes the cumbersome telemetry unit she’s been wearing for a few days and leaves it on the bed. Housekeeping quickly prepares the room for the next patient and changes the bedding without realizing that the telemetry monitor is still inside. The bedding linens leave the facility for cleaning. The telemetry unit is now lost, likely for good.

How many times has this happened at your hospital? The average telemetry pack costs between $3,000-$5,000 so if you’re losing even three each month, the replacement costs can quickly add up.

There is another way this scene could play out: You apply battery-free, passive RAIN RFID tags to your telemetry packs and other wearable devices, which connects them to your network. RAIN RFID readers and gateways installed at key chokepoints like laundry chutes and doorways, trigger notifications before an expensive piece of equipment leaves the premises. You send someone to retrieve the equipment before it becomes a loss, saving the organization thousands of dollars and enabling better equipment availability.

RAIN RFID tags are small and unobtrusive. Once you map out the flow of laundry you can find a few key places to place the RAIN RFID readers and antennas, keeping the cost of your infrastructure low and the positive ROI fast.

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About the Author

Wendy Werblin

Wendy Werblin is the Healthcare Solutions Product Lead at Impinj. With broad and deep experience in healthcare consulting, marketing, product management and communications, Wendy leads Impinj’s healthcare market development and product management initiatives. Before coming to Impinj, Wendy was a consultant with North Highland Worldwide where she led teams at Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofits and municipalities to drive and implement major business initiatives and significant organizational change. Wendy also spent nearly ten years with Philips Healthcare developing markets and products and driving demand for Philips’ market-leading HeartStart defibrillators. Prior to Philips, Wendy spent time with a Silicon Valley healthcare technology start-up and as a healthcare consultant. She holds an MBA from the Fuqua School at Duke University and a BS from Cornell University, and lives in Seattle.

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