Integrated Patient Wandering Systems
Wandering patients and patient elopement are two areas where long term care communities can differentiate themselves in their care and service to their residents. Systems Technologies can help by providing the next generation of resident protection technology. In its simplest form each door is protected by a controller. If a resident wearing a small, lightweight wrist tag approaches the door and the door opens, an alarm is generated and displayed on the console and appropriate staff pocket pagers or other alerting devices so the resident can be intercepted. Or if preferred, the door will lock to prevent the resident from leaving.
Because of its unique technology, our system is not prone to the false alarms that competitor systems experience and our resident wrist tag is the smallest and lightest in the industry. Better yet, our system can be upgraded to provide asset tracking, staff tracking and patient location on a facility map including name and picture. For bypassing doors, staff members simply need to wear their staff pendant tags: doors will unlock automatically and the system will record the identity of the staff member and the resident he/she is escorting. Administrators will appreciate the detailed information logs. Such information is invaluable in documenting a wander incident and can help family members understand when their loved one's condition has changed, requiring a change in the level of care.
Most importantly, we can help you customize your resident care to give each resident the maximum possible freedom compatible with their safety. The system can even be programmed to enable a resident to pass through certain exits - to reach a common area, say - while all other exits and residents remain protected. For more information please call a friendly product specialist today toll-free at 1-888-826-3394.
"Currently, Elopement is ranked number 11 on the JCAHO list of Sentinel Events. Facilities across the nation are being fined by State surveyors and litigated out of existence (10% of all litigation against Long Term Care facilities involve an elopement). In DE, a Jury awarded $13 million dollars in compensatory damages against a Long Term Care facility for a single elopement incident! While the average out-of-court settlement is well over $225,000.00."
-The National Institute for Elopement Prevention & Resolution.