Pneumatic Tube Systems in US Hospitals

The pneumatic tube system is more important than ever given the pandemic’s strains on hospital systems. Nearly all US hospitals and health systems reported supply procurement issues in 2021. Sixteen percent of the hospital’s pharmaceutical inventory is wasted as a result of these shortages and the fragile nature of medical samples.

Within the walls of a hospital, pneumatic tube systems function like a subway system with sensors to make sure each carrier reaches its destination.  Carriers go through tubes that connect stations, floors, and even whole buildings.  These intricate networks are seamlessly crossed thanks to advanced technologies.  Every floor, nursing station, and operation room can be connected through tube networks to vital centralized services or across other buildings.

Tube systems can adapt as healthcare systems expand and change to deliver medications from central pharmacists quickly, transport tests and samples directly to the lab without a staff courier, and decrease reliance on human deliverers. 

Cutting down turnaround times for emergency testing with modern tube systems helps shorten treatment durations and ER wait times for patients. Materials may be transferred roughly 20 minutes faster with this system, which also lowers operating costs, eases manpower shortages, and enhances patient care.

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Source: Swisslog Healthcare