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Some local hospitals are looking at using small wireless transmitters to help them keep track of equipment, and maybe even patients.
Early next year, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center will give tiny transmitters a trial run in its emergency room. "You would be surprised at the number of equipment pieces that end up gone from a hospital, such as wheelchairs," said Janet Frank, spokeswoman for the hospital.
Frank says doctors and nurses will be able to look at a screen and know exactly where IV pumps, beds, and possibly even patients are at any time.
There is the issue with transmitters interfering with devices like pacemakers, but Frank says they'll be able to work around that.
If the trial run proves cost effective, the program would expand to other Utah County Intermountain Healthcare hospitals as well.