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16.11.2015

More than half of all hospital incidents occur at night, when only a small number of nursing staff are on site. The new Safety Monitor assistance system from wissner-bosserhoff can be used to monitor both patient vital statistics and the most important bed settings around the clock. Its use increases patient safety significantly.

The system has highly sensitive sensors for measuring vital statistics. The patient’s pulse and breathing are monitored without requiring physical contact, meaning there are no electrodes connected to the patient. The measured statistics can be wirelessly transmitted to various end devices, such as a PC, TV, smartphone, or tablet, regardless of the system in use. Critical patient statuses can be registered immediately alerting staff the instant their attention is required. As a result, valuable time is gained protecting the patient’s health.

The system monitors the most important bed settings, such as bed height, brakes, backrest angle and the position of the side rails. This provides nursing staff with a constant, accurate overview of all beds in the ward and therefore allows more time for proactive patient care.
If the bed is equipped with a scale, the weight of the patient can also be monitored. These features can simplify a number of important decisions. In the short term, weight information is important for decisions on medication dosage; for long-term purposes, the stored weight history of the patient can help staff draw conclusions about the patient’s condition, for example about their fluid balance.
Furthermore, if a patient gets out of bed, this can be signaled via the nurse call system so staff can be warned if patients leave the bed when they shouldn’t.
 
 

Uwe Deckert, Head of Marketing and Product Management at wissner-bosserhoff, explains the advantages of the system: “Thanks to the central bed monitoring system, the nursing staff can see the current status of all hospital beds in the ward at any time and effectively implement suitable measures to minimize risks. The Hospital Management benefits from statistics on bed use. For instance, the evaluations might support the procurement process in choosing suitable beds for individual wards or help determine the need for training programs for operating the bed.”


The system consists of a one or two-part sensor pad, depending on the bed model, which is positioned on the backrest or seat. It can currently be used for the eleganza 2, eleganza 3, multicare and multicare LE beds. In addition to the overview monitor, which is usually located in the nurses’ room, mini-terminals can be placed directly on the bed to serve as control and communication units. An app is available for smartphones and tablets, which can be used to monitor all functions and statistics.

 

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