In the healthcare industry, rental equipment is an important mechanism to keeping operations running smoothly. There are many instances where it’s more efficient to rent items such as specialty beds, wound vacs, and infusion pumps.
Once these items are rented, how can one ensure they are being used, distributed and returned efficiently? Below are three primary advantages to utilizing RTLS to manage rental equipment.
Equipment utilization increases thanks to RTLS
If you rent something, that means you’re going to use it… right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, especially if the equipment is not being managed properly or misplaced frequently.
In large healthcare facilities, it’s easy for certain pieces of equipment to be forgotten in a storage closet or spare room, when it’s done being used for its intended purpose. Additionally, how do you know if specific items are actually getting the amount of use necessary to justify the rental cost?
RTLS allows you to identify what items are not being utilized to their full capability, allowing plans to be put in motion to redistribute where they can be leveraged properly. As a part of this process, you may begin to uncover occasions where overstocking is happening. Which leads us to…
Reduce overstocking of rental equipment
In large healthcare facilities, renting equipment necessary to keep operations flowing is virtually a daily function. At some point, it may even become an automatic process. How are you keeping track of whether all the equipment you’re renting is actually getting used? And when the equipment is ready to be returned, how are you finding it?
ZulaFly’s Fuzion RTLS is a solution that allows you to keep meticulous track of your equipment rentals, providing data and reports that aid your next rental decision. Are you over-renting? Do you need to cut down on rentals in one area and increase another? RTLS changes the way you make these decisions.
RTLS ensures rental equipment is returned in timely fashion
Looking for a sure-fire way to blow your rental equipment budget out of proportion? Losing track of when items need to be returned can quickly accomplish this. When items sit idle for months on end with no use, the cost can become twofold with expenses related to lack of utilization and late return fees.
When RTLS tagging is associated with valuable rentals, alerts can be pushed that notify you when a tagged item needs to be returned or considered for renewal. Associating these alerts with the specific item also reduces time spent looking up identification numbers and scouring the facility for due-to-return equipment that may have been misplaced or haven’t been heavily used.
Whether your organization does high-volume renting, is frequently borrowing high-dollar items, or both, RTLS platforms such as ZulaFly’s Fuzion allow you to get the most usage for your rental dollars. Taking advantage of real-time and historical RTLS data puts you in the driver’s seat to experience a significant boost to the bottom line of your rental equipment ledger.