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How Does UHF RFID Technology Work in RFID Medical Wristbands?

Published byEdith atJune 24,2024

Comparison between traditional and intelligent model of patient file management

UHF RFID wristbands will take advantage of UHF RFID Technology to replace traditional paper medical wristbands and become a more advanced and smarter RFID medical wristband.

RFID wristband and UHF RFID technology can help medical industry to become more intelligent. Compared with traditional medical wristbands or wristbands, UHF wristbands using RFID technology have outstanding performance in the application of patient file information management.

For the management system of hospital patients, medical wristbands/bracelets are one of the important carriers. In the past many years, hospitals usually used disposable printed paper bracelets with handwritten or printed barcodes to display patient names, admission time and other information. The doctor can check the patient by scanning the bar code or checking the information on the wristband when checking or infusing the patient.

Disadvantages of this traditional method: the wristbands that print barcodes must be aligned one by one before they can be scanned. Each patient scans one by one at a time, which greatly affects the efficiency of medical treatment. Handwritten wristbands can only be checked by people. The method takes longer and has a greater chance of making mistakes. It is impossible to completely avoid misunderstanding or misjudgment, which leads to medical accidents.

The survey results of the selection of medical wristbands in the past few years show that in the selection of medical wristbands, the proportion of handwritten wristbands (plastic) is 30.35%, which is much higher than other types of wristbands, thermal printing wristbands, Thermal transfer wristbands (ribbon required), handwriting wristbands (synthetic paper), RFID wristbands, ranked second to fifth. Except for thermal printing wristbands, the selection ratio of other types of wristbands is less than 15%.

With the continuous advancement of medical reforms in recent years, people’s requirements for medical efficiency and medical service quality have continued to increase. More and more hospitals have gradually adopted more intelligent medical management systems in order to improve the quality of medical services.

Mini RFID PCB tags for medical tool management

The application of RFID technology, especially the excellent performance of UHF RFID technology long-distance reading and group reading. For example, UHF PCB tags can be effectively used in the management of hospital equipment, equipment, and tools, and UHF RFID wrist tags are better to assist in the management of file information, treatment, etc. of the patient.

Today we mainly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of UHF RFID wristbands and traditional paper medical wristbands, and promote RFID medical wristbands from the perspective of stronger development.

RFID Silicone Wristband VS Traditional Handwriting/Printing Barcode Bracelet


RFID silicone wristbands

Traditional bracelets

Used time Reuse One time using
Information modification Can be modify for many times. One time modify
Durability Chips inside, used for more than several years. Easy to be damaged, information can’t keep for long time.
Safety Encrypted protection, effective protection of patient information and privacy, not easy to be leaked. Information can be seen on bracelets easily.
Work efficiency Remote reading, multi-tag group reading, effective monitoring of whether the patient is in the ward area, efficient and convenient. It must be aligned one by one before scanning, and each patient is scanned one by one at a time, unable to move identification, low work efficiency.
Manpower consumption Reduce labor costs Increase labor costs
Environmental friendly Can achieve paperless operation. Can not be reused, increasing the burden of medical waste.


  • Traditional medical bracelet: Every patient must wear a unique medical bracelet when they are admitted to the hospital. The patient’s information can be written in handwriting or printed barcodes. Reuse increases the burden of medical waste; patient information is printed on the wristband, and patient information and privacy are at greater risk of leakage; wristbands that are handwritten or printed with barcodes must be scanned and read by the device one by one to obtain information , Unable to move identification, resulting in low work efficiency and weak monitoring capabilities.

RFID Silicone Wristband VS Traditional HandwritingPrinting Barcode Bracelet

  • RFID medical wristband: The patient's information data is stored in the chip of the RFID wristband tag. The stored information can be added, modified, and deleted countless times, which is convenient for information update and can also achieve barrier-free reading; the RFID silicone wristband internal chip is not damaged and can be recycled for 10 years. The RFID wristband can be encrypted and protected, so that the information stored in the bracelet is effectively protected and not easily leaked, which protects the privacy of patients and the information security of the hospital. UHF RFID technology wristbands can be read remotely by RFID wristband readers and multi-tag group reading capabilities to monitor whether the patient is in the ward, which can realize regional positioning management, so that medical care can be better and intelligently managed. More convenient, reduce personnel costs, and achieve paperless E operations.

Closed type RFID Silicone Bracelet RS-AW013    Adjustable UHF Silicone Bracelet RS-AW051

UHF RFID labels are greatly interfered by the human body. For the wristband worn on the human wrist, the RFIDSilicone wristbands can stay far away under the environment of human the stability of distance recognition, specially designed material and appearance, durable and comfortable to wear.

With the gradual popularization of UHF RFID technology, the cost of RFID wristbands has also dropped significantly. In addition to its characteristics that it can be reused for many years, the cost of operation per unit time has been lower, and many hospitals have begun to gradually adopt UHF RFID technology bracelet and systems. Replace the original paper or barcode system. It is hoped that the wide application of RFID technology will bring more convenience and convenience to people's lives.

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