The Benefits of Live Monitoring in Hospitals and Care Centers

centralized-vision-live-monitoring-patients-doctorLive monitoring of patients is quickly becoming an integral part of the health care industry. Though patient care is the primary concern of the staff at hospitals, nursing homes, and other care centers, there are many tasks that require staff members to take their attention elsewhere in the course of a day. Live monitoring systems are being implemented in novel ways to increase the quality of patient visits and assist the staff members dedicated to their care.

 

Protecting Patient Lives

The priority of hospitals and other care centers is, of course, the lives of their patients. Doctors, nurses, and other staff members must be vigilant at all times, especially when looking over multiple patients at one time. However, it’s unrealistic to expect one person to monitor several patients without dividing their attention, taking a moment to use the restroom, or performing other job tasks. That’s where the live monitoring services at Centralized Vision can help.

With trained technicians watching over the patients, it ensures that nothing is missed. Patients in need of immediate assistance may not always be able to communicate with their care-givers, but with someone watching, the message to help a particular patient can be sent immediately. For nursing homes and other care centers, dispatching EMT’s in a timely manner can be crucial. For patients already in the hospital, it’s simply a matter of alerting the staff members on duty. This article shows how one hospital was able to drastically reduce the amount of safety issues—including patients falling—with a live monitoring system.

 

General Security and Theft Deterrence

As with other places of business or residences, live monitoring is a great way to ensure the people and objects inside are secure. For a medical or care center, this can be doubly important, as the individuals inside are often sick or otherwise vulnerable. Proper placement of cameras on entrances and exits can ensure that anyone who isn’t a staff member, patient, or approved visitor cannot enter the facility and take advantage of someone who is unable to protect themselves.

In addition to the all-important patient lives that can be guarded with live-monitoring, there are valuable assets inside most care centers that need protection from criminals centralized-vision-live-monitoring-patients-medicineoutside. Expensive equipment is often housed in these facilities, as well as surgical tools and precious oxygen tanks. These resources are not only crucial to the lives of the patients inside, but they could be dangerous if taken into the wrong hands. Expensive medicine is often kept in these facilities as well; it’s equally important to ensure that patients receive their prescriptions and those pharmaceuticals are not stolen for other purposes. Live monitoring in a security capacity can help to safeguard these resources and make sure they are used for their intended purpose.

 

Building Management

Protecting equipment is not only an issue of theft—powerful machines such as those used in hospitals have to be working correctly at all times. Live monitoring of equipment is a great way to avoid costly repairs or emergency situations. Just a few hours without power could make a huge difference for patients relying on machines, and a well-trained eye ensures that all vital systems are functioning correctly and can be ficentralized-vision-live-monitoring-patients-exitxed quickly.

Turning cameras outward can be crucial for care centers as well. As we’ve written about before, natural disasters can wreak havoc on any building if those inside are not alerted in a timely manner. This damage could be compounded in a hospital or care center, with a high volume of already at-risk individuals inside. These could include pregnant women, the elderly, or those with highly contagious diseases. Not to mention, it often takes more time to evacuate a building such as a hospital, due to the state of incapacitation that many of the patients are in. Every second counts in an emergency, and a trained eye can ensure storms, fires, and other emergencies don’t take the care center unaware.

 

Avoiding Malpractice

It’s useful for all employers to keep an eye on their employees—just check out our article on that topic—but when the job being performed involves the care of human lives, it can be crucial to have an eye on staff performance. This can mean deterring internal theft of the valuable assets we already discussed, watching for signs of intentional abuse from care-givers, or simply catching the unintended mistakes that could cost a patient their life.

That’s not to say that doctors, nurses, and other patient care-givers are not already highly trained. It’s more about ensuring that proper protocols are followed for the safety of everyone. A pilot program at one hospital recently found that live monitoring the operating room during procedures helped decrease common errors and improve hygiene during the operations. It’s this sort of result that shows a second pair of eyes always helps when handling the lives of patients.

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Car Thieves Caught By Live Monitoring and Centralized Vision

Centralized Vision Caught By Live Monitoring Auto Thieves Blog

Every day you can turn on the television and see videos of criminals caught in the act. Whether you are watching your local news, or a show like The Hunt with John Walsh, there is no shortage of videos of people committing crimes. More often than not, the story is that the authorities need your help to identify the perpetrators or your help in tracking them down.

When you have your video surveillance system live monitored by a professional company like Centralized Vision, crime caught on camera stories have much happier endings such as “Caught By Live Monitoring!”

Live monitoring of your camera system allows you the ability to have eyes on your property 24 hours a day and the ability to prevent or stop crimes and other situations. You can learn all about how video surveillance monitoring systems work in this recent article.

Would-Be Thief Caught By Live Monitoring –

During a recent overnight shift, one of our technicians was alerted to a potential trespasser on the lot of an auto auction. After an extensive search of the property with the cameras, our tech witnessed an individual poking his head out of one of the cars on the lot. Our technician immediately contacted the police and informed them that he had an unauthorized individual on a secured site.

After speaking with the police and while waiting for them to arrive, our technician maintained his visual control of the property utilizing the security surveillance system. He noticed a gray car being driven on the lot as well as 3  individuals who exited the gray car and began sweeping the area. They were seen combing through the cars on the lot. The perpetrators continued looking through the vehicles until the police arrived.

Within two minutes of first observing the intruder, the police were dispatched to the scene; they arrived less than three minutes later. When the police did arrive on scene, they surrounded the business in force and began searching the property. The thieves dropped everything and began sprinting towards the back of the property.

The police gave chase to the suspects and requested permission from the property management to employ K-9 officers to assist with the chase. After receiving the required permission, K-9 officers were released and joined the search. The officers were ultimately able to capture at least one of the suspects involved.

Our trained technician was able to maintain visual control of the property while waiting for the police to arrive, all while maintaining his own personal safety.  Remote monitoring allows our technicians the ability to monitor any situation safely from our air conditioned control room. Whether it be harsh environmental conditions, hazardous industrial areas, or severe weather, we are able to maintain a 24/7 365 watch of your property to ensure its safety and security.

This is yet another story of how Live Video Monitoring works to take bad guys off the streets.

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