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Healthcare Cleaning Detection Utility

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246792D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-30
Document File: 1 page(s) / 69K

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Abstract

Using a solution detecting sensor (to detect either water or other liquid) or touch sensors embedded into the body of the scanner the scanner can detect if and when it has been cleaned by the operator. That detection can be used by an application, by host software, or by Remote Scanner management software to ensure proper workflow. For example, the scanner parameter settings may require an operator to read a barcode then wipe down the scanner. If the user does scan a barcode but does not wipe down the scanner, the scanner may be disabled and will not scan the next barcode until it detects that it has been wiped down. The setting parameters can be dependent on number of scans and or time periods.

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Healthcare Cleaning Detection Utility

Healthcare Providers are required to follow strict guidelines in the cleaning of equipment used in healthcare environments (hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies, labs, etc.). For the case of barcode scanners used in these facilities, CDC guidelines require that the scanner be cleaned after every interaction with a patient. In other environments, this cleaning requirement can be based on the facility's infection control procedure. This feature will ensure that the operator of the equipment, such as a scanner, will follow those guidelines.

Using a solution detecting sensor (to detect either water or other liquid) or touch sensors embedded into the body of the scanner the scanner can detect if and when it has been cleaned by the operator. That detection can be used by an application, by host software, or by Remote Scanner management software to ensure proper workflow. For example, the scanner parameter settings may require an operator to read a barcode then wipe down the scanner. If the user does scan a barcode but does not wipe down the scanner, the scanner may be disabled and will not scan the next barcode until it detects that it has been wiped down. The setting parameters can be dependent on number of scans and or time periods.

In one embodiment, the solution sensor can be implemented as a series of electrodes arranged in an interlocking comb pattern and embedded or adhered to the surface of the scanner. An electronic compa...