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RFID can help in maintenance of patient monitoring devices

Managing patient-monitoring equipment typically used for measuring patients’ heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs goes far beyond simple inventory control, to include the need to ensure inspection, calibration, self-test results and safety upgrades, while minimizing down time. Adhesive paper labels applied to equipment and used to record service data are no longer a reasonable option, due to the large amount of information required, as well as the tendency for such labels to become damaged over time. With the technology advancing quickly, patient-monitoring equipment is often capable of being upgraded via software. A dual-interface, RFID-based EEPROM (electrically erasable programmable read-only memory) solution is dynamic, and can record internal parameters for later readout, as well as write new data into the system, such as calibration constants and inspection information, without the need for additional connectors. A dual-interface RFID tag can be connected to electronic patient-monitoring equipment via an I

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