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RFID may cause hospitals

Radio frequency identification devices (RFIDs), commonly used in hospitals for tracking supplies may prove potentially dangerous for the patients, a team of Dutch scientists claim. The radio waves generated by the wireless systems actually interfere in the working of certain lifesaving equipments like respirators, external pacemakers and kidney dialysis machines and simply switch them off, according to the news research. Similar to tags used for security purposes like on passports and anti-theft devices, the RFID tags used in the hospitals to track medical supplies generate signals with different radio frequencies to “communicate” with one another. RFID’s are manufactured under two categories, ‘active’ RFIDs (which transmits information) and ‘passive’ RFIDs (those powered by an external machine that assist reading). The current study conducted by at Vrije University in Amsterdam, the researchers uated the functioning of 41 lifesaving medical equipments

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