6 March Patient Wandering System for Dementia Sufferers in Nursing Homes March 6, 2019 By Gina Wurms healthcare, safety |server based|, |Bluetooth Low Energy|, |geofencing| 0 A tracking solution helps to guarantee the freedom of movement and the safety of dementia patients while reducing the workload of nursing staff. At a glance registration of resident elopement notification to nursing staff Problem Definition Many people suffering from dementia are accommodated in care facilities. Against the background of omnipresent problems such as the skills shortage and the increasing need for nursing care, caring for those affected is a major challenge for the often overburdened staff. In the context of orientation difficulties, the majority of dementia patients have the tendency to wander off. If a resident leaves the facility unnoticed, this may lead to dangerous situations in road traffic and long search operations. Solution In order to increase the safety of residents with orientation disorders and to relieve the nursing staff, the location of persons in need of protection is determined in strategically relevant areas. The system registers when a person with dementia leaves the nursing facility and automatically triggers a notification to nursing personnel. The resident can then be accompanied by an employee or prevented from leaving the area. Technical Implementation A central component of the patient wandering system is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon, which is worn permanently by the residents in the form of a wristband. An infsoft Locator Node is installed at each building or property exit (outdoors in a robust IP66 housing). The Locator Node receives the Bluetooth signals from beacons within range and transmits the data to the infsoft LocAware platform®, where it is processed and made available via web services. The Locator Node registers when a resident leaves or passes a defined area, and the system triggers an alarm (e.g. push notification to smartphone or beeper) that includes the location and name of the affected person. Conditions and actions are defined via the web-based infsoft Automation Engine. The use case can be extended in many ways to further increase the security of the residents. Among other things, it is possible to monitor vital signs or prevent falls on the basis of infrared sensors or beacon wristbands with motion sensors. Use Case PDF for Download Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles An Emergency Call System for Elderly People in Nursing Homes With the help of an indoor positioning system (IPS) it is possible to locate persons in a nursing facility and increase their safety. Read More Indoor Tracking of Patients in Hospitals Using an indoor positioning system (IPS) and condition sensors, hospital staff can check whether bedridden patients are getting out of their sleeping position and leaving bed. In addition, the system offers the possibility of detecting a patient's fall and intervening immediately. Read More Patient Monitoring and Tracking in Hospitals With the help of an Indoor Positioning System (IPS) a complete monitoring of the vital signs of a patient without data loss and additional set-up times can be guaranteed. This increases safety and ensures better patient and staff satisfaction. Read More Digital Patient Call and Indoor Navigation in Hospitals In healthcare facilities, a mobile app enables a digital patient call system, increasing patient satisfaction and relieving staff. Read More Mobile Nurse Call System in a Hospital An advanced nurse call solution improves response times to critical patient events and ensures optimal patient care. Read More Mobile Access Control System for Office Buildings The access to areas and rooms in office buildings can be managed reliably using a mobile access control system. Read More Comments are closed.