New progress in surgical instrument tracking: Aegis One develops the world’s smallest RFID tag

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Aegis One is a technology company based in Franklin, Tennessee, developing custom RFID asset tracking solutions. Aegis One recently announced that it has developed a new cutting-edge technology that uses RFID to track surgical instruments. This radio frequency identification uses an electromagnetic field to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. Therefore, the smallest RFID tags for surgical instrument tracking have been developed.

Surgical instrument tracking solutions track the location, use and maintenance of surgical instruments and are an important part of the medical field. News reports point to the story of countless doctors erroneously placing surgical equipment in patients during surgery. These mistakes can cause permanent damage or even death.

In order to effectively solve this problem, on September 24, 2018, FDA § 801.45 requires all surgical equipment to be affixed with a unique equipment identification (UDI) and must bear a UDI permanent marking device itself. If the device can be used more than once, reprocess it before each use.

Shane Petyak, founder and CEO of Aegis One, said: “We are pleased to announce significant advances in surgical instrument tracking.” “Our goal is to provide the smallest and most durable marking and attachment process for surgical instruments worldwide.”

The new RFID tag and accessory method developed by Aegis can withstand thousands of high-pressure cycles, only a quarter of the size of standard grain. Aegis’ labeling and scanning technology can also be integrated into all existing instrument tracking systems worldwide.

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