RTLS: A ‘nice to have’ or a ‘must have’

This first appeared in the November 2014 issue of DOTmed HealthCare Business News

When the country’s first case of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome came to Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., in late April, the hospital used technology normally associated with tracking wheelchairs and infusion pumps to make sure the health care workers who were exposed to the patient didn’t cause the disease to spread. Because staff routinely wear real-time location systems (RTLS) badges as part of their nurse call system, the hospital was able to quickly identify 50 staff members who came in contact with the contagious patient and send them home until it was certain they hadn’t contracted the virus.

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