Friday, 28 June 2013

Wandering Patient Nearly Dies

According to the Herald Sun, a 77-year-old man was rushed to Frankston Hospital on Tuesday with Hypothermia after wandering from his care home in Frankston South.

Robert Thompson went missing from Baptcare Peninsula View around 5:10pm on June 25
th, only to be found nearly 24 hours later in a ditch on the side of Moordooduc Hwy by Police conducting an on-foot search. Sgt. Gary Richards of Carrum Downs Police Station said that without the foot patrol, Thompson "would have most likely died".

A lucky end to what could have been a devastating day for Thompson's family, friends, and those at Baptcare Peninsula Health.

This situation could have been prevented and can be prevented in the future. Integrated Wireless provide Patient Wandering Solutions to Residential Aged Care homes throughout Australia. The patient wears an active RFID tag that transmits packets of data to infrared beacon receivers placed above every door in the facility. These wrist bands will raise an alarm when a patient passes under a specific beacon (exit), or tries to tamper with or remove the band. 

Given the ageing population facing Australia, it is critical to be proactive with regards to patient safety rather than reactive. For detail on IW's solutions, click here!

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Ekahau: RTLS & Safety

Ekahau have created a list of ways that RTLS (Real-Time Location Systems) can help manage safety for all stakeholders within a hospital setting. Click below for the full list:

Integrated Wireless partner with Ekahau to provide WiFi tracking solutions to the healthcare industry in Australia.

 Get in touch to discuss past deployments and how we can assist your facility.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Integrated Wireless Achieves ISO13485:2003 Certification

Integrated Wireless (IW) is proud to announce that it has now achieved certification for ISO13485:2003. This is a global quality management standard for medical devices and was required to support IW's partnership with GE Healthcare for the supply, installation and maintenance of Ascom's Multi-Media Gateway (MMG).

This enables hospitals to customise, filter and send secondary alarms to inform healthcare professionals of particular medical related events captured by the GEHealthcare CARESCAPE Network. The alarm is forwarded to Ascom handsets or a wide variety of devices, including pagers, mobile handsets and/or LED signs.

Secondary alarm forwarded to Ascom i62

For more information on patient monitoring systems, click here!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Emergency Departments- Efficiency Is The Buzzword

Efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. That is the buzzword of this millennium and for good reason. Having grown up in a family full of nurses, I have seen first hand the stress placed on those in this industry. Nurses are run off their feet as a lack of bed's result in patient overflow, and visitors become agitated as they want constant updates on their loved ones. The question is, how can we alleviate some of this pressure and allow nurses to focus solely on patient care?

Last week Integrated Wireless (IW) attended the Timely Access to Emergency Department (ED) Conference held at the Bayview Boulevard Hotel, Sydney. This event attracted patient flow staff from all over the country to cover the above question and gave us an opportunity to discuss current needs and trends affecting ED's. Some of these include:
  • National Emergency Access Target (NEAT)
  • Driving efficiencies through various methods
  • Strategies to improve flow during a time of growth

IW Sales Executive Andrew Weiss

IW have spent decades developing solutions to help ED efficiency and have never been more excited with what we have today. If you ask any of the top competing companies in the world what drives them to continually develop and re-develop based on market needs, it will be about more than money. There will be a desire to assist in solving the world's problems, however large or small that particular problem may be.

Our current solution streamlines communication between staff in ED, resulting in more time to focus on patient needs. Our Ascom handsets are an all-in-one device encompassing voice, text and location-based duress. This allows staff to focus on one device for all their needs rather than various devices such as a phone, pager and duress pendant. To add to this, all nursecall alarms can be sent to specific handsets as text or as a call, depending on the nurses role. This allows the nurse to engage in a two-way conversation with the patient to check the severity of the situation before rushing to the bedside, giving the opportunity to finish the task at hand.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to IW's solutions. For more detailed information including case studies (such as Southern Health in Victoria), free on-site demonstrations and a general education into the role of IT in healthcare, click here!

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