St. Trudo has been using AeroScout's Wi-Fi RFID solution to improve the management of critical medical equipment and to wirelessly monitor the temperatures in key areas of the hospital. Recently, St. Trudo leveraged its existing AeroScout Healthcare Visibility solution and its Cisco Unified Wireless Network to add the ability to immediately locate ambulatory patients and Wi-Fi devices.
Patients are tracked either by having AeroScout Tags or by wearing Dräger Wi-Fi Telemetry Monitors. Since AeroScout solutions track Wi-Fi devices without needing tags or additional software of any kind, all patients wearing Dräger's monitors can be located. This allows patients to walk around the hospital while still being monitored and tracked. Since Wi-Fi is prevalent in the hospital, patients are able to leave their unit and even their floor while still being visible to nurses and staff. This not only increases patient safety, but also patient and nurse satisfaction.
"Every project we execute and every technology we implement is done with the goal of improving patient care and operational efficiency", stated Daniel Loos, Manager, Information Technology, at Regional Hospital St. Trudo. "AeroScout's solution has proven to be a very effective way for us to manage and better utilize our medical equipment. We're now leveraging the investments in our AeroScout solution, Dräger patient monitors and Wi-Fi network to further enhance patient safety and comfort."
Regional Hospital St. Trudo serves the Limburg and Vlaams-Brabant regions of Belgium. The hospital originally installed AeroScout's Healthcare Visibility solution, including Wi-Fi Tags and MobileView software, in 2008 to track and manage expensive specialty mattresses, IV pumps, supply carts and wheelchairs that are required throughout the facility, as well as to accurately monitor the temperature inside the hospital's data centre. A key feature of AeroScout's MobileView software is its ability to provide real-time location information for any Wi-Fi device connected to the network, such as computers-on-wheels or Dräger Infinity M300 patient-worn monitors, without the need for additional tags or software installations.
The Dräger Infinity M300 is a compact, wearable, wireless patient monitor that uses the Wi-Fi network to transmit patients' vital signs telemetry to computers at nurse stations in the ICU and Cardiology ward of St. Trudo Hospital. Working with Dräger and AeroScout, St. Trudo is able to use its existing AeroScout solution to track the location of patients wearing an Infinity M300. This gives patients more mobility and enables the nursing staff to use MobileView to locate ambulatory patients in need of immediate attention.
"As a former hospital nurse, I am well aware of the implications and stress that can result when clinicians can't easily locate equipment and patients", stated Wim Verduyn, Director, EMEA Healthcare, at AeroScout. "When an emergency occurs, it's important to be able to locate patients and critical equipment quickly. AeroScout is proud to work with St. Trudo and Dräger to help improve care and safety at the hospital."
The Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA is an international expert in the fields of medical and safety technology. Dräger products protect, support and save lives. Founded in 1889, in 2008 Dräger generated revenues of around 1,9 billion euro. The Dräger Group is currently present in more than 190 countries and has about 11.000 employees worldwide.
AeroScout is a market specialist in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. AeroScout's global customer base consists of hospital, manufacturing and logistics organisations, including many of the Fortune 500. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments and tags shipped. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, AeroScout has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America. More company news is available in the VMW February 2009 article St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center improves safety and regulatory compliance with Wi-Fi temperature monitoring solution from NEC and AeroScout.