ERIC Number: EJ1092335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Monitoring the Use of Anatomical Teaching Material Using a Low-Cost Radio Frequency Identification System: A Comprehensive Assessment
Noël, Geoffroy P. J. C.; Connolly, Ciaran C.
Anatomical Sciences Education, v9 n2 p197-202 Mar-Apr 2016
The correct tracking and monitoring of anatomical specimens is not only imperative in any modern body donation programs but also in any universities for which teaching the next generation of health care professionals is the primary mission. This has long been an arduous process for anatomy institutions across the world, and the recent focus of new curricula on self-directed learning adds new stress on specimens which are used by students. The radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has been proposed as a very effective tracking system in healthcare considering that it enables automatic identification and data capture of multiple items at once. In this study, the feasibility of a low-cost RFID inventory system is assessed, from its design to the performance of commercially available RFID tags in a gross anatomy laboratory. The results show that ultrahigh frequency-based RFID tags successfully performed when attached to a collection of 112 plastinated and 280 wet dissected specimens. Comparison analysis of different tags reveals, however, that careful selection of RFID tags needs to be considered when wet specimens need to be tracked as preservation fluids can absorb radio waves energy. This study demonstrates that it is economically feasible to incorporate RFID technology to closely monitor the use of anatomical teaching specimens. The described RFID inventory system was not only able to preserve the integrity of the specimens being used by limiting handling and therefore human error but was also able to identify missing or misplaced specimens and to update their status.
Descriptors: Anatomy, Radio, Independent Study, Health Services, Identification, Cost Effectiveness, Science Laboratories, Information Technology, Human Body, Comparative Analysis, Energy, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Health Education, Health Personnel, Laboratory Experiments
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