The NHS Highland Caithness General Hospital in Wick, Scotland, is trying to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor medical beds and improve the access of maintenance data. Medical beds have many hydraulic and mechanical components that require regular maintenance checks to ensure the effective operation of beds and the patient safety and comfort won’t be influenced.
The NHS Hospital has 68 medical beds that need to be checked every month. So far, staff do all the tasks which are time-consuming for them.
Now, the hospital hopes that the new system will help reduce the pressure on employees. Beringar, a smart building and sensor startup company, collaborated with the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems to provide technical solutions to the system.
The system uses Bluetooth-compatible tags to transmit data in real time over a low-power wide area network (LPWAN). This data including the location of the beds and their maintenance records are accessible through the central dashboard.
According to Rick Green, head of property at NHS, if the trial is successful, it may help improve the NHS hospital’s maintenance process. He said: “Now, NHS hospitals are more important than ever to increase productivity and determine where they can make changes to increase output. Beringar’s technology allows us to get timely information on our beds.”
He added: “Bluetooth tags and dashboards make it easy for us to find the right beds and get the latest maintenance records so that we can make more judicious decisions.”