Batronics America, a subsidiary of Batronics India, has introduced to the U.S. market its RFID-enabled wristband system which automates the administering of a patient’s pain medication.
The system includes a locked medication-on-demand (MoD) device. Nurses use an RFID-enabled identification card to access the MoD and fill it with the appropriate medications. Patients are issued wristbands programmed with prescription dosage and frequency. When a patient approaches the MoD, they select a number on a sliding dial to indicate their pain level, on a scale of 1 to 10. The MoD reads the patient’s wristband, and then issues the appropriate medication.
The device was used in a clinical trial involving cancer patients at the Halifax Health Medical Centre in the U.S. According to Batronics, almost 84% of the nurses involved in the study said the device saved them time, and roughly 95% of patients involved in the study found it easy to use. Patients also felt they were better able to control their pain by using the device rather than relying on nurses to provide the pills.