Video: RFID trends beyond retail

While the focus of RFID has been in apparel tagging within retail, this video examines how technology innovation in retail is paying off in other sectors such as asset tracking of tools, automobiles and IT equipment. Produced by SupplyChainBrain, the video features Tom O’Boyle, director of RFID for Barcoding, Inc. The video was produced at […]

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Internet of Things: in need of a definition

This month Bret Kinsella attended the M2M & Internet of Things Global Summit for RFID 24-7. Unfortunately, some key speakers did not attend due to the government shutdown. The event left Bret wondering what the true definition is for the Internet of Things. By Bret Kinsella The striking thing about the Internet of Things (IoT) […]

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RFID market worth $30B by 2024

RFID is on its way to becoming ubiquitous in many industries, including retail. Full deployment by retailers and other industries is expected to drive the RFID market to a $30 billion industry by 2024. New research conducted by IDTechEx says that the total RFID market for 2013 is worth $7.9 billion, up from $7 billion […]

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Canada aims to become printable electronics hub

Canada wants to be known as global leader in printable electronics, and is investing $40 million to kick off a program to develop cutting-edge technologies like smart labels, printed antennas for RFID technology and lightweight electronic devices. The Printable Electronics Program is a five-year initiative designed to produce billions of electronic sensors and circuits to […]

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RFID: Retail’s superstar technology

This weekend I witnessed another ugly retail experience resulting from poor inventory visibility. While my wife was shopping for a Vera Bradley bag for a gift, a store associate at The Paper Store said that her computer indicated that one item was available in the chosen style and color. After searching the back room for […]

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Survitec ships first RFID-enabled life vests to Airbus

Survitec Group, a manufacturer of high safety and survival equipment for the aviation and defense industries, has started shipping RFID-tagged life vests to Airbus to comply with the aircraft manufacturer’s RFID mandate. Survitec sent its first shipment of tagged life vests in late August. The company has a capacity to manufacture up to 2,000 life […]

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Anesthesia Providers’ Hand Hygiene Under Fire: 16 Findings

Anesthesia Providers' Hand Hygiene Under Fire: 16 Findings

Eight hours of observation found anesthesia providers performed only 13 hand hygiene events, and they did not perform hand hygiene after line insertions, bronchoscopies or blood exposures, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control. One person from the infection control department at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami observed 19 anesthesia providers during portions of seven surgical procedures for one week in 2010. Of the eight hours observed, there were 1,132 contacts between anesthesia providers and the operating room. The most common objects touched were switches or monitors of anesthesia machines at 16 percent of touches, keyboards at 13 percent and clean fields on top of anesthesia machines at 10 percent. Anesthesia providers performed only 13 hand hygiene events, all with alcohol hand sanitizer. Nearly half – 46 percent – of these events were performed by nurse anesthetists during one hour of observation.

Here are some other key findings from the study:

  • No hand hygiene events were observed in three of the seven procedures.
  • None of the two intubations or one bronchoscopy performed was immediately followed by hand hygiene.
  • The anesthesia providers’ intubations and bronchoscopy led to obvious blood exposure in three instances, none of which was followed by immediate hand hygiene.
  • While the intubations and bronchoscopy were handled with gloves, only two of the blood exposures occurred while wearing gloves, and the gloves were not removed afterward.
  • None of the four line placements or one nasogastric tube placement was preceded or followed by hand hygiene.
  • There were 17 instances of contact with objects from the floor, none of which was followed by hand hygiene.
  • Only 15 percent of accesses of stopcocks (a type of valve) were preceded by disinfection, but 47 percent were preceded by contact with the anesthesia machine’s clean green field.
  • A single pair of gloves touched a median 13 objects and a maximum of 88.
  • The length of time a single pair of gloves was worn ranged from one to 28 minutes, with a median of six minutes.
  • Only five of the 21 glove removals were followed by hand hygiene.

The authors noted several limitations, including the relatively short length of observations and the fact that observations occurred during only certain parts of surgical procedures. They suggested the large number of hand contacts in the OR may cause compliance with certain hand hygiene guidelines to reduce efficiency of patient care, and that anesthesia providers may need hand hygiene guidelines specific to the OR setting.

Social Security Administration expands IT asset tracking program

The Social Security Administration is vastly expanding its IT asset tracking program after a successful deployment last year at its National Computing Center (NCC) in Woodlawn, Md. SSA has awarded a $3.3 million contract to RFID Global Solution and CodeSource to expand the program to three additional data centers and up to 1,500 field office […]

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Will privacy concerns derail IoT growth?

The Internet of Things movement is gaining speed, with the expectation that 80 billion devices will be connected by 2020, according to a new report by IDATE. Research conducted by Cisco reveals that the IoT represents a $14.4 trillion opportunity for businesses in increased revenues and efficiency gains. But will security and privacy concerns derail […]

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Video: Life within an Internet of Things world

The Internet of Things is expected to make a tremendous impact not only on how businesses operate, but how individuals live their lives each day. This video, produced by Dave Evans, chief futurist at Cisco, predicts just how life will change in a world where 80 billion devices are connected, altering everything from healthcare, to […]

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