Ensuring positive clinical outcomes and patient safety is directly connected to proper environmental monitoring. With Real-Time Technologies, you can enhance your monitoring and compliance procedures as they relate to temperature and other environmental conditions. Here are just a few use cases where, with the help of technology and redesigned processes, you can provide significant safety improvements for your organization:
Temperature-sensitive medical products, such as vaccines, insulins, and blood products, require controlled storage and transit conditions in order to ensure that their quality is not compromised. Real-time monitoring of refrigerators, freezers, and coolers can be provided through an RTLS-based, condition-sensing solution. This monitoring system provides alerting communications, compliance tracking, and resolution details in a reliable and up-to-date manner. The temperature monitoring system prevents the risk of spoilage and demonstrates compliance in case of audits from The Joint Commission or other stakeholders.
Certain items (i.e. some pharmaceuticals) and some areas (i.e. OR surgical procedure rooms) require tight control and monitoring of the ambient room temperature in order to ensure either the products stored in the rooms or the activities occurring in the rooms are within safe temperature ranges. With an RTLS-based, condition-sensing monitoring system, healthcare facilities can ensure proper alerting when the temperature goes beyond designated levels to prevent spoilage and unsafe room conditions.
Monitor additional environmental conditions beyond temperature to include humidity, air pressure, carbon monoxide, and other conditions to ensure compliance.
Integrate real-time location data with the existing building control system – such as lighting, HVAC, access control – and trigger actions/events automatically based on conditions configured in the RTLS system rules, such as increase of the air exchange when staff enter an OR room, turning the lights on when staff enter a room, and so forth.