Using Internet of Things Technology to Improve Patient Safety in Surgical Instrument Sterilization Control

  • Lun-Ping HungEmail author
  • Cheng-Jung Peng
  • Chien-Liang Chen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 264)


Medical services influence the people’s health and lives. It is a sacred and professional work with the features that do not allow errors and cannot be redone. Therefore, the quality of medical services directly affects the health and safety of patients. In the operating room, the central supply room is responsible for sterilizing surgical instruments. It is also an important place for infection control. Once incompletely sterilized medical devices are used, it may lead to nosocomial infections, thus affecting the safety and quality of the surgical patients. Therefore, to ensure the integrity of the sterilization process and to avoid the use of unsafe surgical instruments. This study uses the sensing technology of the Internet of Things to monitor the sterilization process of surgical instruments sterilization with using the automatic monitoring system to alarm the validity period of surgical instruments pack, and to calculate the required safety stock of surgical instruments packing. With the system, it reduces the additional cost of emergency sterilization when surgical instruments packs are out of supply. Ensure the safety of the patient’s use of surgical instruments, so that patients can be treated in a safer medical environment to achieve a win-win benefit.


Surgical instrument sterilization Patient safety Internet of things 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lun-Ping Hung
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cheng-Jung Peng
    • 1
  • Chien-Liang Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information ManagementNational Taipei University of Nursing and Health SciencesTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and Information EngineeringAletheia UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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