Theatre Inventory Management

The RFiD Discovery Theatre Kitting solution helps to centralise and streamline the management of theatre supplies in large acute hospitals 

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Using RFID technology to support theatre inventory management can optimise stock holding, minimise waste and free up time for clinical staff.


Integrated theatre 'kitting' solution

Using passive RFID labels on all theatre consumables means that all items used for operations can be tracked, enabling hospitals to accurately record usage for each operation and ensure reliable replenishment of required inventory.


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Save time for clinical staff
Optimise stock holding
Free up capital tied up in unnecessary stock
Minimise waste
Track inventory usage for each operation
Reliable replenishment

How Theatre Inventory Management works 

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Traditionally clinical staff in the local theatre areas prepare all inventory required for the next day’s operations. Centralising this process using the theatre kitting solution means that clinical staff are freed up to spend more time on patient care.


Picking process

The knowledge of clinical staff about the required consumables for specific types of operations is captured on the system in the form of pick-lists. For each type of operation, central staff download the relevant list to a handheld scanning device which indicates which location in the central store each item can be picked from. Items are then scanned and added to a tote box specific for each patient, which is sealed and delivered to the local theatre area.

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In order to record the use of consumables from local theatre stock, clinical staff simply add the empty wrappers of any inventory used to the tote box. Post operation the tote box is received back in the stores where the RFID labels on these wrappers are then scanned by the central inventory team. This means all consumables used can be accounted for, those unused replaced and an accurate overall material cost of an operation is recorded and stock correctly replenished.

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