Patient Elopement: Correctly Supervise At-Risk / Wander-Risk Patients
If, after a careful and complete evaluation, a patient is deemed to be a wandering risk, it is incumbent upon hospital staff to supervise the patient properly. There are numerous supervision techniques that can be used on dementia patients to inhibit them from wandering. First, and most importantly, the patient should never be left unsupervised while he or she is awaiting any type of medical treatment or test.
If the patient is going to remain in the hospital or care facility for an extended period of time, careful thought should be given to room placement. In general, it is best for patients with a risk of wandering to be placed in rooms that are located in areas with high staff traffic, and it is ideal if the patient’s only route out of the facility forces him or her to walk past a nurse’s desk or supervisory station.
The patient should be checked on regularly and, if necessary, be put under constant supervision. Another technique commonly used in hospital settings is to put the at-risk patient in different-colored gowns to make it easier for staff to identify him or her in a crowd.
Finally, staff can encourage high-risk patients to remain inside the healthcare facility by getting a recording of a voice familiar to the patient, such as that of a close loved one or family member, and playing encouraging messages on a loop.
Singlewire’s InformaCast solution combined with the AeroScout’s Real-Time Location System and Patient Elopement Solution can help healthcare facilities address the issue of wander-risk patients.
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW TO SEE AN EXAMPLE OF HOW INFORMACAST IS USED FOR HELPING KEEP WANDERING PATIENTS SAFE.