The safety of patients and residents in hospitals and homes is paramount – detection of early physiological problems and falls can avoid complications. In fact, according to Oxford Academic, every year around 30% of people aged 65 years and older who are living in the community, have a fall. About 5-10% of such incidences result in serious injuries.
There is also the need for safety in patients and residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to the Brussels Times, by the year 2050, dementia will affect some 390,000 people in Belgium. With such figures, the importance of health technologies to assist patients with such comorbidities is an essential part of their care.
Health technologies such as the Watcherr distress system can assist with keeping patients and the elderly protected. How does such a healthtech system work?
Obtain data with beacons and gateways
The Watcherr system includes the use of beacons and gateways to obtain data about patients and residents. The information is then relayed to care workers, who with the data, can predict and detect irregular physiological patterns. “Watcherr makes use of the latest technologies available in the healthcare industry. We strive to provide an instantaneous monitoring system through our beacons and gateways to protect patients and residents, but also to assist staff in their day-to-day care duties,” says Watcherr CEO Nikolai Stevens.
Alarm system can be instantly activated
Keeping patients and residents away from harm is a priority in all care settings. Patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease often suffer from disorientation and as a result, might attempt to venture off the premises. The Watcherr monitoring system has an instantaneous alarm system using BLE-technology. It senses if a resident is leaving a predetermined area inside the building, and senses via AGPS if a resident is leaving outside the building. Once this is detected, the healthcare worker is alerted and can locate the patient or resident and assist them with their needs. This is a unique feature of Watcherr when compared to other systems on the market.
Visitors can be tagged
The Watcherr system can tag visitors at hospitals and residential homes. Visitors, staff and residents/patients can be tracked; thus, we know who contacted who. This allows staff to have data of all contacts made within the premises, thus preventing the spread of diseases such as COVID-19. If someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, a detailed list of people who met over the last 14 days is produced. The list will provide specific details such as name, location of encounter, and the time spent in contact with the person. Such information allows hospitals and residences to act immediately and begin preventative counter measures to mitigate the spread of disease.
Equipment can be traced
Efficiency with using medical equipment is increased in hospitals and residences thanks to Watcherr’s ability to tag and track equipment. In this way, data concerning equipment location can be monitored and controlled. This will help to increase the overall efficiency of the care setting and reduce manual work.
Keep patients and residents safe
Should you require any assistance with keeping patients and residents safe in care homes and hospitals, get in touch with us.
Some statements are subject to clinical trials and are not commercially available yet. We are demonstrating our systems on 26-27-28 April 2022 via the Inspire Healthcare (Flanders Expo Gent) event.