Tracking Patients’ Recuperation using Nurses’ Locational Badges

When someone gets out of surgery, doctors and nurses usually recommend them to resume their daily dose of walking. It may be down the hallways or in an open field for a short while.  Medical personnel can now know how much their patients are listening to them because scientists have discovered that by updating an existing device, they can certainly know their location at all times. That is really helpful as technology is being used to improve even the overall health care system. No wonder these innovations are being used and is showing great results as always.

In Hospitals, nurses wear badges that give out beams of infrared light which can be detected by sensors that are mounted on the ceiling in every part of the building.  The signal is detected at every location when the object moves. This is how staff can know the location of the patients at all times. The device was upgraded to detect other factors as well. It did work out well for the people.

John’s Hopkins Hospital had a team of experts, headed by Dr. Antony Rosen who discovered that the same technology can be used to detect the speed, length, and frequency of the post-surgery walks of their patients. RTLS (real-time location system) were utilized to proceed with this experiment. They were put on the gowns on the patients who decided to help with the experiment. 

They were encouraged to walk in the hallways for about thrice a day. The data was compiled into a computer to test out how much of them heeded the advice of walking. After thorough research of the data, it was found that the data was accurate up to 90% and could foresee all of the test subject’s hospital staying factors such as readmission rate when they were feeling good enough to leave the hospital or any other community helping center and also their period of staying at the hospital. 

Source:  Johns Hopkins Medicine

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