Few working environments can match the multitude of machines and devices that are present in operating rooms and intensive care units. The machinery plays a vital role in the life-supporting processes that take place in the medical environment.

Smart filter licenses

Typical available equipment in surgery rooms are respirators, air cleaners and anesthetic workstations, all of which contain filters. These units ensure that patients and staff can breathe clean air. With read-write intelligence applied, the filter and the device cooperate in monitoring filter functionality. TackSmart still has licenses available for the application of its patented intelligent filter technology in anesthetic machinery.

Advantages smart filter

It is not hard to discover the added value of electronic labeling in anesthetic carts. RFID is a safe and efficient technology for staff to rely on in surgery preparation routines. The technology continues to prove its worth during the operation process. While medical gases are administered for the patient to breathe in, the station’s filtering function captures the exhaled CO2.

The filter canister contains carbon dioxide absorbing media, such as soda lime granules. If CO2 were to re-enter the breathing circuit, the patient may experience anything from increased pulse and hypertension to serious oxygen deficiency. Taking in high levels of CO2 ultimately leads to heart failure. Interactive filters can set of an alarm to help avoid such situations. Smart filter modules in anesthetic workstations deliver these and many more options, e.g.:

  • Filter compatibility check, indicating if the right type of filter is placed; filter mismatches or improper canister placement generates a visual and/or acoustic alarm so the error can be corrected in time
  • Filter life time indication, a visual display of the filter’s remaining CO2 absorption capacity and when replacement is required
  • Filter production data, storing information about nature and source of canister contents, manufacturing and expiry date, etc.; facts that are important for all parties involved in warranty and/or liability cases
  • Filter personalization features, writing patient-specific data to the filter’s RFID-chip like patient ID, disease, hospital admission date, operation date, etc.; information that supports staff in patient care responsibilities
  • Integration with RFID monitoring of other consumable components of anesthetic workstations