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Patient Wandering Systems

The elderley are the most rapidly growing demographic in our society. Caring for elderly patients/residents with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease increasingly consumes the resources of Hospitals and Nursing Homes. Facilities face real difficulties in dealing with wandering patients/residents. Many are often confused and forget where they are. They may wander away from the facility and place themselves at risk from traffic, bad weather or exhaustion. Uncontrolled wandering of residents can have dire consequences.


Mounting a search  for a lost patient/resident is time-consuming, disruptive and sometimes expensive. Caring Staff and relatives may become anxious and distracted. Other patients/residents may also become anxious in the crisis atmosphere of such a search. The facility’s reputation may also be damaged. Traditional approaches to this problem have never been very effective. The are increasingly inappropriate in today’s environment. In the past patients/residents were physically restrained in some way or sedated to prevent wandering. Thankfully, regulatory bodies have become much less tolerant of such practices.


Protrac iD Patient Wandering Alert Systems (PWAS) detect wandering patients who are wearing Protrac iD RFID tags when they approach monitored doors or areas both inside and outside.


Depending on the settings and the mode of operation selected the PWAS triggers alarms, locks or open doors, alerts staff and communicates with other systems such as Nurse Call, Access Control, Radio Paging, DECT Phones, Protrac iD AssetTrac or BabyGuard Software.


Protrac iD tags are individually identified and transmit a “heart beat” radio signal continuously with a battery life exceeding 3 years.


So give Comtel Technologies a call or send an email enquiry outlining your requirement and let Comtel Technologies help make your life that little bit easier.