23-Mar-2020

Avoiding the spread of coronavirus in hospitals

We are already familiar with the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on global society, our communities and our families. We’ve all had to adapt to this virus in our personal and business lives. Whether it’s scavenging for household staples such as milk, bread, eggs and paper products, or working remotely (for those who can), being diligent with hand hygiene and social distancing. But what about the people on the front lines, like the doctors, nurses and hospital staff, that are required to interact with patients?

These are our heroes that are at greatest risk of exposure – daily. So how are they protecting themselves from potential exposure to this virus? They follow specific protocol for infectious diseases by covering themselves from head to toe and practicing regular hand hygiene. But what about other patients in the hospital? One way to protect clinicians and non-infected patients is to isolate COVID-19 patients so they are restricted to specific areas of a hospital. This is difficult to manage as you can’t just lock them in to their rooms. A more humane approach is required.

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Find patients and medical equipment in real-time

Fortunately, there is a solution – Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Stellar Asset Tracking. The ability to know where patients, clinicians and staff are in a hospital, on a floorplan map, in real-time. This includes knowing where your essential medical and non-medical equipment are located so they can be quickly found and utilized. This is only as effective as the clinician’s ability to quickly look up and locate a patient, so the tools to enable this solution should be readily available and easy to use and what better way than to have an intuitive smart phone app that allows you to easily look up and find this information. This is an unobtrusive way to keep track of COVID-19 (or any other) patients and with the utmost dignity. Instead of locking patients into their rooms, you can set up virtual boundaries so the ones that can, are able to move about within specific areas and if a boundary is crossed when it shouldn’t be, the Stellar Asset Tracking solution can provide programmed notifications to clinicians directly to their smart phones and they are immediately aware of the situation and can act accordingly.

Know where coronavirus patients are for their safety and yours

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Knowing where patients are in real-time and using historical analytics to see trends or patterns, is another strength of the Stellar Asset Tracking solution. The ability to understand the potential spread of the virus within the hospital itself, makes forensic analysis much simpler than guessing. And every patient, regardless of medical condition, can feel safe in knowing that hospital staff will know where they are in the hospital at all times, so in case of an emergency, they can be quickly located and accounted for.

Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Stellar Asset Tracking can help hospitals keep patients and clinicians safe, and quickly locate the equipment they need, when they need it. This is one way that Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise healthcare solutions can help in the fight against coronavirus.

Tags - Healthcare, OmniAccess Stellar Asset Tracking, Location Services, Optimized Care Network

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Daniel Faurlin

Daniel Faurlin

Director, Product & Solution Marketing and Head of Network Solutions for Healthcare - ‎Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise

Daniel is responsible for developing, positioning, communicating and educating internal and external clients, on the value proposition of ALE solutions in the Transportation and Healthcare verticals. He has worked in start-ups, small-to-large enterprise businesses, in a variety of executive leadership roles. Daniel is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

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