The Qcare bed management system has been officially launched at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein, on October 10. This makes the hospital the first in the country to implement a new bed management system, which will not only improve patient care, but also assist patients who are unable to make use of conventional call methods.
Manager of the Product Development Technology Station (PDTS), which is based at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein, and which was funded by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Marinus Potgieter, explained to Bloemfontein Courant that the original patient bell was designed by a client of theirs from Port Elizabeth and when the hospital management approached PDTS for a system where they can monitor how long a patient waits before getting assistance and how many times the different nurses attend to patients, they decided that they could help. “As a technology station at the CUT, we decided that this will fit what our client initially started with, so PDTS developed it and the client licensed it from us,” he explained.
Potgieter added that the Qcare system will help weaker patients with reduced motor function who cannot press a call button for assistance. It will also have another feature developed by PDTS which will record data to improve hospital efficiency. This device is one of seven commercially ready medical devices to have been developed by the PDTS, based at the CUT in Bloemfontein.
The Chief Executive Officer of Pelonomi Hospital, Baesi Ramodula, said that she welcomes the Qcare system which is being used in the spinal ward at the hospital. She is hopeful that this system will improve the assistance given to the patients. “We are very excited to be the first hospital to implement the Qcare bed management system,” she concluded.