TEDA International Cardiovascular hospital opened only 9 years ago and cost 720 million RMB to build but can now accommodate 500 bed patients. The hospital, as you may guess by the name, specializes in open heart surgery and therapy hitting numbers upwards of 10,000 surgical cases in a year. With its young age of 9 you can guess that this hospital is update with its technology and procedures. They are one of the earliest to adapt an automatic pill counting system that fills patients daily tablet quotas in a nice stream of plastics sealed containers. I found this system to be very efficient as it reduces tablet errors and simplifies the pharmacist's job. Each strand is then rechecked for an even more precise accuracy. Along with this technology the hospital uses the PACS and HIS to speed up and reduce waste of patient file archiving. Another neat feature is the use of patient cards that can be scanned to bring up all of the patients information. These systems are what TEDA relies on to help process the 10 of thousands of patients each year with a very high efficiency and low paper waste. It was interesting to get to see the displays and see the technology in action. After we checked out the technology behind the scene we had the opportunity to check out live surgery patients. I have seen surgeries before while job shadowing but this was really something and I was glad I got another chance be in the operating room.
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