Charité Hospital Improves Operating Room Efficiency with Asset Tracking &
Management from Stanley Healthcare Solutions
AeroScout Wi-Fi RTLS Helps Charité Staff Quickly Locate Surgical Equipment,
Streamline the Sterilization Process and Reduce Operating Room Delays
DÜSSELDORF, Germany -- November 14, 2012
(MEDICA 2012)-– Stanley Healthcare Solutions today announced that Charité
hospital in Berlin is using the AeroScout® Asset Tracking & Management
solution to improve operating room efficiency. The Wi-Fi Real-Time Location
System (RTLS) leverages Charité’s Cisco Unified Wireless Network, which
delivers secure access to mobility services and applications, and is used by
hospital staff to quickly locate critical medical equipment in the Campus
Virchow-Klinikum. The solution helps Charité and its majority-owned
subsidiary, Charité Facility Management GmbH (CFM), streamline the central
sterilization process by reducing the time it takes to find equipment in need
of sterilization, and reduce operating room delays by helping ensure that the
right equipment is available when and where it is needed.
“On average, it costs 15 to 20 Euros for every minute a surgery is delayed in
the O.R., so it is vital for any hospital to continually seek out and
eliminate inefficiencies,” said Ingrid Maßwig, Executive Director at CFM,
which provides all non-medical services for Charité. “With the Stanley
Healthcare and Cisco solution, we’ve taken an important step toward further
increasing O.R. efficiency, reducing costs and supporting patient safety.”
Charitéis one of the largest university hospitals in Europe and has an
international reputation for excellence in training. In fact, more than half
of the German Nobel Prize winners in medicine and physiology come from
Charité. The university hospital extends over four campuses with more than 100
clinics and institutes combined under 17 Charité Centers. Since 2006 CFM has
provided all non-medical services for Charité. This integrated facility
management approach includes disciplines such as the central sterile supply
department, clinical engineering and hospital cleaning services.
Coordinating sterilization of surgical equipment across multiple operating
rooms is a complex and time-consuming process. Each surgical procedure
requires specialized equipment that is used across many operating rooms. After
use, each item needs to be cleaned, sterilized and prepared for the next use.
There are multiple steps in the process, which can take up to six hours to
complete, and any holdup in the process can cause delays in the O.R.
The AeroScout Asset Tracking & Management solution by Stanley Healthcare
consists of Autoclave Tags for tracking surgical equipment through their
lifecycle – from sterilization to the operating room – and AeroScout
MobileView software, which provides a map view of the hospital and the
real-time location of every item being tracked. The system works with
Charité’s Wi-Fi network, which the hospital also uses for voice, data and
The AeroScout Autoclave Tag attaches to and tracks surgical instrument trays
and other equipment as they progress through the numerous stages of
preparation for surgical procedures, and then through the perioperative
process. The Autoclave Tag was designed for cleaning and sterilization, which
involves steam, high temperatures, high pressures and vacuums.
Charité plans to extend the Stanley Healthcare and Cisco implementation to
include a Patient Flow application to track the location of patients
throughout their hospital visits in order to help enhance patient care and
improve department workflow.
“Charité is a world renowned university hospital that has contributed
significantly to the advancement of modern healthcare,” said Eric Devineau,
Vice President of European Sales at Stanley Healthcare Solutions. “It is also
a model of efficiency for other hospitals throughout the region, which is why
we’re especially proud to be working with Charité to further streamline its
O.R. and sterilization processes.”
To learn more about Stanley Healthcare Solutions, visit Stand B08 in Hall 13
at MEDICA 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany, November 14 – 17, 2012.
Stanley Healthcare Solutions
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12,000 long-term care organizations with enterprise solutions that transform
safety, security and operational efficiency. The Stanley Healthcare Solutions
EcoSystem enables customers to achieve organizational excellence and superior
care in five critical areas: Patient Safety, Security & Protection,
Environmental Monitoring, Clinical Operations & Workflow, and Supply Chain &
Asset Management. These integrated solutions are complemented by Healthcare
Consulting Services for healthcare information system implementation and
Transformational Lean™ process reengineering. Stanley Healthcare Solutions is
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