In an era where the demand for hospital beds has exceeded their availability, the performance of patient admission and discharge procedures have come under particular scrutiny
In an era where the demand for hospital beds has exceeded their availability, the performance of patient admission and discharge procedures have come under particular scrutiny. Population growth has placed increasing strain on healthcare services at a time when funding restrictions have limited opportunities for expansion. Consequentially, the need for hospitals to manage their bed stock effectively has never been more prominent.
Overpopulation within hospitals affects the recovery of those already admitted as well as those awaiting treatment. It places unnecessary strain on emergency services and reduces the standard of care available to us all. It is widely accepted that hospitals need to become more efficient in order to cope with growing service demand and that utilising technology is one step towards this. In response, Aid Call’s newest Nurse Call solution has been developed to support hospital admission and discharge services by observing patient flow.
A feature unique to their Touchsafe Pro system, and driven by feedback from healthcare staff, is its bed status monitoring facility. Using the corresponding call point, a nurse can update the status of a hospital bed to indicate that it is either occupied, available or to be cleaned. It is then possible to view the status of all beds through the main control panel. This directs the necessary services to the beds that need cleaning and allows nurses to instantly see how many beds are available for new patients without having to leave the nurses station.
Designed to provide nurses with accurate real time information, the Touchsafe Pro can reduce the delays that occur during admission and discharge in order to better utilise all hospital resources and maximise capacity. By providing this information at a glance, it saves valuable staff time and allows them to make more informed decisions about patient admission and placement. It streamlines the cleaning process in order to free up available beds more quickly and means nurses are better equipped to judge the expected waiting time for used beds to become ready.
Aid Call’s bed status monitoring facility can better coordinate hospital resources, improve patient care and release staff time. Overall, this means the efficiency of admission and discharge services are improved; new patients are settled more quickly, staff time is better managed and the capacity to care for more patients is greatly improved.