How to track medical devices using UDI barcodes

Medical Devices barcode scanning template

All Medical Devices sold into the US and EU must carry a Unique Device Identification (UDI) barcode. A UDI barcode allows every medical device to be tracked across the entire supply chain, from initial manufacture to its use with a patient.

How to track UDI barcodes using Orca Scan

The Orca Scan Medical Device Tracking template automatically extracts the Device IdentifierSerial NumberManufacturer/Production DateLot Number and Expiration Date from a UDI barcode into the relevant columns when scanned. In addition, if the medical device is registered with the US FDA, Orca will also populate the manufactures name and device description - further reducing human error.

To get started:

  1. Download the Orca Scan barcode app
  2. Create a new sheet using the Medical Device template
  3. Scan a UDI barcode on a Medical Device
  4. See the information extracted, enter a quantity
  5. Save the changes

You can now log in to the Orca Scan web application to view all your medical devices and their locations, along with a full audit log.

Why track medical devices?

Before introducing the UDI barcode, there were several cases where a patient would undergo life-threatening surgery to identify if they were at risk from a defective device. The UDI barcode eliminates this by allowing medical staff to determine the exact patients implanted with a particular device.

What information does a medical device barcode contain?

The UDI barcode on a medical device contains a combination of Device IdentifierManufacture DateLot Number, Serial Number and Expiration Date. These values combined result in a unique identifier, allowing every instance of a medical device to be tracked and traced.

Medical Device tracking questions?

We built Orca Scan to eliminate the need to write down Medical Device barcodes or type them into spreadsheets. UDI barcodes have the potential to save lives, but only if captured and recorded without errors. If Orca Scan does not entirely solve your problem, let us know, and we'll do our best to improve the solution based on your feedback.

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