Are your wheelchairs MIA?

  • October 21, 2016 11:27 AM
    Message # 4318862

    Does your hospital suffer from wheelchairs gone MIA?  Doesn't it seem that you have plenty until someone really needs one, then they are nowhere to be found?

    Our hospital is in the process of addressing this issue.  A complete inventory of wheelchairs has already been done and all chairs have been tagged with a hospital ID tag. However, they are not the type of tags that can be tracked electronically for location.

    If your hospital uses a tracking system for your wheelchairs, can you please provide the name of the company/tracking system that you use?   

    Thank you in advance! 

  • October 21, 2016 4:25 PM
    Reply # 4322454 on 4318862

    UHS is our in-house source for bed rentals. They also manage our bed management system with AeroScout MobileView. They have RFID tags on all beds and are able to confirm the location of each bed in one of our buildings. 

    We had the same issue with our Auxiliary wheelchairs, and UHS placed RFID tags on each of our wheelchairs. Whenever one is MIA, I log into their tracking system and see the location of the chair on a map. They have the system in all four of our buildings on this campus, so I can even tell if the chair is in a doctor's office in the professional buildings.

    The only downfall is the RFID tags run on batteries...so the batteries can die. And the tags don't deter someone from stealing the wheelchair. We still have one missing since August 15...guess they thought they needed it more than we did.

    Other than the batteries, and the chair that needed a new home, the system works GREAT!! I LOVE being able to see their exact location.  

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