This subsidiary was formed in July of 2017 and holds the license for using nano quantum dots to mark and label medical instruments. The NanoMed Tracking process consists of an ink-jet polymer coating application device and an Optical reader for identifying and tracking surgical instruments in surgical operating rooms. More specifically, the device relates to a system and method to identify and count surgical objects such as needles, scalpels and that blades have used in the surgery suites. In some instances, surgical instruments have been left unaccounted for and cause a costly time delay in finishing an operation. Current methods of manually counting and tracking these medical instruments by nurses and OR staff takes up valuable time. Some conventional techniques for tracking instruments have used radio frequency identification (RFID). A wide array of surgical instruments may be employed during the surgery and these can be left behind in the patients, creating a serious health hazard. One other known technique uses a barcode system on instruments, but this may impose tedium as the barcode can sometimes only be read by the detection system if the label object is held at a certain angle, and effective detection of the barcode may require more than one pass. Hence, it can be seen that we are filling a tremendous need for a system and method of automated tracking of surgical objects used in the surgical theatre.
Highlights of our system include; the system for identifying and tracking a surgical object comprises a tag identifier including object information encoded on a fluorescent paint coating attached to a surgical object: a detector disposed to receive a reflection of the fluorescent paint from the tag identifier: a receiver in communication with the detector receiving a single transmitted by the detector wherein the signal is generated by the reflection of the tag identifier. The tag identifier comprises one or more quantum dots arranged to define a spectral signature: and a layer coating compromising the one or more quantum dots, wherein the layer coating is attached to an object.
The NanoMed Tracking System provides cost savings to hospitals as fewer purchases are required for lost or missing instruments and reduce labor times are achieved for tray assembly. There are also quicker processing times allowing for smaller instrument inventories in the reduced time needed to train instrument-processing personnel. NanoMed Tracking will improve efficiency by reducing delays in surgical procedures, reducing mission instruments, providing effective preventive maintenance and inventory of instruments out for repair. Additional safety benefits provided by our system include identification of unprocessed instruments, identification of instruments and recall, more effective replacement and repair of instruments, a decrease in the use of x-ray and more patient care time.
The FDA is requiring that hospitals must have a surgical instrument tracking system in place by September 2020. Currently, less than 5% of the hospitals have a system to track instruments.