Automated Condition Monitoring
- Monitoring in a healthcare facility takes on many forms, including actually monitoring admitted patients, monitoring medications and controlled substances, monitoring temperatures, and monitoring equipment and instruments to ensure proper maintenance has been performed and the items are ready and safe for use.
- In many cases, monitoring is a very manual process, literally physically checking on a patient, physically checking the temperature in a refrigerator or freezer or visually inspecting an instrument to see if it “looks right”. This is not only labor-intensive but potentially risky if not done properly or on schedule.
- Properly tagged equipment and instruments can be remotely monitored for usage and wear, thresholds can be set for prescribed maintenance and alerts can be sent when thresholds are exceeded or when equipment fails or is out of proper calibration.
- Similarly, maintenance requirements, procedures and even technician certifications can be systematically associated with tagged equipment such that there is no doubt about what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and who is authorized to do it.
- Environmental monitoring technology today can monitor everything from the temperature in a refrigerator holding valuable medications to the air pressure in a patient’s room (negative air pressure can be a requirement when dealing with patients who are contagious with infectious diseases).
- Patients, in particular, can be badged and tracked to greatly reduce “wandering” through automated alarms and alerts, and such that they can quickly be located if they do wander (especially critical with psychiatric, dementia, Alzheimer’s and elderly patients).
- Patient conditions can also be monitored and alerts sent for such situations as bedwetting, falling or trying to perform an unauthorized activity such as getting out of bed or a wheelchair without assistance.
- Improved safety for patients and staff.
- Better regulatory and security compliance.
- Reduced expenses associated with spoilage and improper storage.