In Depth… Surgical Services

How Does It Work?

VIZZIA offers a variety of technology options, each of which provides unique benefits for different facilities’ surgical-services needs. Each system employs a different tracking mechanism, but all RTLS infrastructures function similarly. VIZZIA only recommends RTLS systems for tracking patient throughput in the OR. Real-time visibility is essential.

  • Network devices are installed on ceilings throughout the hospital. Each device is assigned a location code.
  • Every staffer who comes in contact with patients in the O.R. is assigned a small I.D. tag that contains a unique identification code. Each surgery patient also receives an I.D. tag.
  • (A) Staff/patient tags trade information with location devices (utilizing triangulation, infrared, ultrasound, etc.) to learn each tag’s unique location.
  • (B) Each tag’s unique location and identification number transmits to network devices.
  • At the beginning and end of a patient/staffer interaction, the staffer pushes a designated button on both I.D. badges to alert the network that an interaction is taking place.
  • (C) Information (including the length of every interaction and the length of patient wait times along the way) is transmitted over the network to a server (D) and then over the Internet (E) to VIZZIA’s advanced mapping and analytics software, where O.R.managers, nurses and other relevant staffers can view patient, workflow and interaction data.
  • Users can also search for specific events and run detailed location-, patient-, staffer- and interaction-based statistical reports.
  • VIZZIA analyzes the data, identifies logjams and determines the best possible solution for each efficiency-related problem.