An NHS trust which provides inpatient mental health services across South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire has introduced new technology to enhance the wellbeing and safety of its patients.
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) has teamed up with Oxehealth a company that provides patient monitoring systems.
The innovative technology called Oxevision is being used on the Trust’s adult and older peoples inpatient mental health wards and Psychiatric Intensive Care Units as part of a continuous programme to improve patient wellbeing and safety.
The new system uses sensors to remotely monitor a patient’s pulse and breathing rate 24 hours a day by measuring changes in skin tone and chest movements, even when they are under bedding.
The sensor can also alert Trust colleagues if a patient gets out of bed, who is at risk of falling or if they display activity or behaviour that may present a risk to their safety.
Tracey Wrench, RDaSH Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, said, “This new technology complements the vital role that our clinical colleagues play. It provides the opportunity to observe our patients from a distance without the need to disturb them unnecessarily at night. While at the same time it allows us to quickly intervene where the need arises to support the wellbeing and safety of our patients.”
Caption: Pictured is Chris Pym, Modern Matron, with an OxeHealth device