Much like their counterparts in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, nurses in senior living residencies can face a variety of dangers and physical threats arising from the nature of the job or the physical layout of the building. Residents can be combative or aggressive for a number of reasons related to their mental state, resulting in physical confrontations. Being alone and isolated in a distant wing or otherwise away from other staff can deprive nurses of immediate support in crisis situations. These are the types of dangers that result in statistics that show that unacceptable numbers of nurses are physically assaulted while on the job or experience highly elevated levels of stress due to the worry of being assaulted.Table of contents
While senior living facilities may have dedicated security teams to help avoid and intervene in these situations, they cannot be in all places at all times, particularly in larger facilities. Also, these incidents can escalate very quickly, often with no warning, making it difficult to notify anyone in a position to help.
With the continuing growth of the role of nurses in an aging society, workplace violence involving healthcare professionals is drawing more attention than ever before. Fortunately, the need for solutions is being met by location tracking technology that not only provides visibility into staff locations throughout a senior facility, but enables them to quickly, easily and discreetly call for immediate support.
Helping nursing staff to deal with various forms of duress has become mission-critical in the senior care sector. Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) are ideal solutions that provide support for nursing staff while also making it possible to provide a better overall experience for residents and achieve efficiency in the operation of the facility.
RTLS is a wireless location-tracking technology based on the use of the familiar Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communications standard. It uses gateways and sensors to follow the location of BLE-enabled tags and badges that are part of the network.
The tags can be affixed to items, like equipment and other mobile supplies, while the badges can be easily carried in the same way that ID cards are carried on lanyards. This opens up enormous possibilities for the tracking, locating and monitoring of the activity of people and things. Real Time Location System deployments do exactly what the name says, they let you see where tracked things and people are right now. They have any number of obvious business applications in any sector you care to name and form the basis of a long list of business-critical operations.
Real-Time Location Systems enable businesses to understand and utilize their assets efficiently. They make daily operations more transparent and aid in the process of optimization. With the new Bluetooth 5.1 standard, Bluetooth offers completely new capabilities for people and asset tracking at a fraction of the cost of other standards. It benefits from a large existing ecosystem of over 8.2 billion Bluetooth devices worldwide, making it the most widely adopted standard for short range wireless communication.
RTLS infrastructures enable a number of benefits from day one, supporting everything from staff safety, patient experience and overall operational efficiency.
Empowering employees with real-time security responses creates an invaluable sense of security for employees, allowing them to better focus on resident care. RTLS helps to reduce duress cases by mitigating risks before they occur and allows nurses to call for help before problematic situations intensify to potentially dangerous levels. Contact our team today to see how Kontakt.io can help you increase safety in your senior living facility.
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