The safety and health of patients are the most important criteria for hospitals and healthcare facilities for elderly people. Many people in these institutions suffer from conditions such as Alzheimer's, dementia, and other disorders that put them at risk of wandering. They can leave their room at any time, end up on the street and find themselves in a dangerous and possibly life-threatening predicament. Statistically speaking, six out of 10 people with dementia have wandered at least once, which is a big concern for both their loved ones and the medical staff.
So, how can we ensure the safety of elderly patients and eliminate the risks of them leaving the clinic? The solution is a wander management system, which allows you to control the movements and track the routes of a patient in real time. At Navigine, we are developing a patient wandering system and are ready to provide tools for implementing the platform into the hospital infrastructure.
Wander management systems work based on indoor positioning. Patients are provided with special bracelets (or smart watches/badges), inside of which are tags with identifiers. Beacons are installed throughout the clinic building, sending out signals at a certain cadence. As soon as a person with a tag enters their coverage area, they determine their location and send updates to the smartphones/desktop computers of the medical staff accordingly.
When implementing patient wandering systems, a digital map is provided to the staff, which allows them to track the patient's movement. Surveillance is carried out in real-time, which means that the staff is always aware of where their patient is currently. Mobile tag wristbands are compact, reliable, and easy to manage, and therefore guarantee accurate updates according to the patient’s location.
If needed, the clinic area can be divided into separate zones with limited access for certain patients using beacons. The patient wandering system also provides opportunities to determine the curfew for study rooms and other spots. If a patient leaves the building or steps outside their zone, the patient wandering alert system instantly sends appropriate notifications to the medical professionals. Thanks to these messages, staff can immediately respond to an emergency, determine the exact location of the patient and go there to take them back to their room.
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