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EP2692285A1
EP2692285A1 EP12178777.4A EP12178777A EP2692285A1 EP 2692285 A1 EP2692285 A1 EP 2692285A1 EP 12178777 A EP12178777 A EP 12178777A EP 2692285 A1 EP2692285 A1 EP 2692285A1
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Moritz A. Bubik
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The monitoring system (1) comprises an alarm sensor (10 to 14,21,34), with which a patient (5 to 9) shows the care requirement to the caretaking personnel (24,25,26) and an alarming unit (23) for alarming the caretaking personnel. The alarm sensor communicates with the alarming unit by an Internet protocol radio network, particularly a Wireless local area network radio network (16). A patient server (22) is formed for associated saving of an alarm sensor identifier, a camera identifier and associated patient information of each patient. The monitoring cameras (20,35) indicated by the camera detectors are provided, which receive the actual location of the portable alarm sensor. An independent claim is included for a method for monitoring patients.

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  • The invention relates to a monitoring system for monitoring patients with at least one alarm button, with which a patient can indicate to the care staff a care request, and with an alarm unit for alerting the caregiver.
  • The invention further relates to a method for monitoring patients, in which the following method steps are carried out:
    • Pressing an alarm button by a patient to indicate a care request to the caregiver;
    • Alert the caregiver by means of an alerting unit.
  • Such a monitoring system and method of monitoring is generally known by hospitals or nursing homes. There is an alarm button next to each bed that the patient or nurse can press if needed by a nurse or nurse. There is then an audible or visual alarm in the known monitoring system in a monitoring station or the nurses' room that a patient in room XY needs something. If no nurse is currently available in the nurses' room, it may be that the patient has to wait a long time for someone to take care of him. Particularly unpleasant here is that the patient does not know if his alarm was even registered by a sister and if so, how long it will take until someone comes. In this case, patients repeatedly press the alarm again, which makes it even more difficult for the nurses to process the alarms in the different rooms.
  • As a further disadvantage of the known monitoring system has been found that the sisters often have to travel very long distances to arrive at the patients who have triggered the respective alarm. If the patient now expresses his wish, the nurse may have to go all the way back to the nurses' room, for example, to fetch the desired medication, for example. In this way, the valuable working hours of the sisters can not be used efficiently and the patients do not receive the necessary care.
  • It can be particularly dangerous if a patient is on his way to the toilet or
  • Lounge collapses and the sisters can not make noticeable. In this case, especially at night, the patient may need to lie alone for several hours in an emergency and wait for help.
  • The invention has for its object to provide a monitoring system for monitoring patients and a method for monitoring patients, in which the above disadvantages are avoided.
  • According to the invention, this task is solved in a monitoring system in which the monitoring system the patient is assigned a unique by an alarm button identification identifiable alarm button, which is designed to communicate with the alarm unit via a radio network, wherein a patient server for associated storage of an alarm button identifier, a camera identification and associated with patient information and each patient is provided with a plurality of surveillance cameras characterized by the camera identifiers, the alerting unit for alerting the caregiver to reproduce the A / V signal of the surveillance camera on a monitoring screen of a monitoring station formed by the alarm button identifier is assigned to the alarming alarm button associated with the stored camera identification and records the whereabouts of the patient with care request, the alarm tion unit is designed in particular for the additional representation of stored in the patient server the alarming alarm button stored patient information on the monitoring screen.
  • According to the invention, this task is solved in the method for monitoring patients by the following method steps:
    • each patient is assigned a separate alarm button designated by an alarm button identifier for triggering an alarm, each alarm button being able to communicate with the alarm unit via a radio network;
    • the alerting unit selects the surveillance system surveillance camera stored by a camera identifier associated with the alerting alarm button in a patient server and records the location of the patient with care request, and provides the A / V signal of that surveillance camera to alert the caregiver to a surveillance screen monitoring station
    again;
    In particular, the alerting unit additionally displays patient information stored in the patient server of the alarm button identifier of the alarming alarm button with the monitoring screen.
  • This allows each patient at any time to trigger an alarm on his fixed, located next to the bed alarm button or on his mobile, for example, worn on the wrist alarm button. The alarm unit switches the A / V signal of the surveillance camera to the monitoring screen in the nurse's room, which records the location of the alarming alarm button. Thus, a nurse in the nurse's room receives both image and sound information from the patient who triggered the alarm immediately after the alarm is triggered. If more than one alarm occurs more or less simultaneously, then this sister can set immediate priorities, which patient can be helped immediately and, if necessary, later.
  • It is particularly advantageous if the nurse can talk to the patient via a loudspeaker or a patient monitor with loudspeakers in the vicinity of the patient who has triggered the alarm. In some cases, for example, if the patient is only looking for his glasses or is not sure whether to take the medicine already, the nurse can help the patient from the nurses 'room without leaving the nurses' room. As a result, the working hours of the nurses can be used efficiently and the patient receives the desired help without a long wait.
  • It has also proved advantageous to order from the nurses' room that nurse in the room of the alarming patient, who is in the building especially close to the patient's room. The alerting unit locates the call units of the sisters in the building and then alerts the nurse closest to the patient's room. However, if this nurse does not have time to do so, as she has been assigned by the alert unit to assist another patient, then another nurse nearby will be alerted.
  • Furthermore, it may be advantageous for that nurse to go to the alarming patient who already knows the patient well. In order to make this possible call unit identifications of one or more such sisters of the alarm button identification of the alarm button Patients stored in a patient server. If a patient triggers an alarm, the alarm unit automatically alerts the nurse whose call unit identifier is stored in the patient server assigned to the patient or the alarm button identifier of his alarm button.
  • Further advantageous embodiments of the monitoring system according to the invention and method for monitoring patients in a building are explained in more detail below with reference to FIGS.
    • FIG. 1 shows an overview of a part of a hospital, in which a monitoring system is provided for monitoring patients.
    • FIG. 2 shows a bed of a patient with an alarm button and patient screen of the monitoring system according to FIG. 1 ,
    • FIG. 3 shows a commercial portable alarm button.
    • FIG. 4 shows a table with information stored in a patient server of the monitoring system.
  • FIG. 1 shows an overview of a part of a hospital in which a monitoring system 1 for monitoring patients is installed. Three patient rooms 2, 3 and 4 are shown, in which patients 5 to 9 are accommodated. In the monitoring system 1, each patient 5 to 9 is assigned at least one alarm button 10 to 14 that can be uniquely identified by an alarm button identifier ATK.
  • These alarm buttons 10 to 14 are designed as a portable alarm button that can be worn on the wrist of the patient as a clock and are integrated via a wireless access point 16 in a wireless network in the building. Such a commercial portable alarm button 15 is available for example under the type designation T301W and in FIG. 3 shown. Each bed of patients 5 to 9 is further assigned a patient screen, based on FIG. 2 is discussed in detail.
  • FIG. 2 shows the bed of the patient 6 with her wrist-worn alarm button 11. The bed opposite a patient screen 17 is mounted, which has a speaker 18 and a microphone 19, and on which a surveillance camera 20 is mounted. The bed is also assigned a fixed alarm button 21, in addition to the Bed is attached. This fixed alarm button 21, the surveillance camera 20 is assigned permanently, which is why a camera ID KK the surveillance camera 20 is stored in a patient server 22 of the alarm button identifier ATK associated with the alarm button 21, which is discussed in more detail below.
  • The monitoring system 1 further comprises an alerting unit 23 for alerting the caregiver and an alert location system with which the alerting unit 23 is arranged to locate each alert button in the hospital. The alarm unit 23 is formed by a computer together with appropriate software, which is via the WLAN access point 16 for communicating with other devices located in the wireless network, ie, for example, with the alarm buttons 10 to 14 and 21, is formed.
  • The alarm locating system according to the present embodiment has antennas mounted at different positions in the hospital, with which the received from the alarm buttons responses, depending on the current location of the alarm button, are received with different signal strength. By measuring and comparing the signal strengths, the current location of the alarming alarm button can be located. Portable alarm buttons 10 to 14 are thus located by the alarm button locating system determines whether the response of the alarm button, for example, with an antenna in the hallway of the hospital in front of room 3 or with an antenna in the hallway of the hospital before room 5 or with an antenna in the toilet of the room 3 is more strongly received. Depending on the current location of the alarm button located, alarm unit 23 then selects the monitoring camera which records the current location of the alarm button. A large number of surveillance cameras are installed throughout the hospital for this purpose.
  • In the hospital 1 nurses work 24 to 26 to patients 5 to 9 and more in the FIG. 1 to care for unrepresented patients. In the monitoring system 1, a monitoring station 27 is provided, in which the nurse 24 is located and can observe a monitoring screen 28 and communicate with a microphone and headphones 29 with the patient. Each nurse 24 to 26 also carries a portable in the wireless network and locked by a call unit identifier REK uniquely identifiable call unit 30 to 32 with it. With the Calling unit 30 to 32, an audible and / or visual alarm to the respective nurse 24 to 26 are delivered. The call units 30 to 32 can either indicate in which room to which patient the nurse is to go or it can also communicate with the call unit (text, as in a pager, or in a configuration stage a speech connection) with the nurse 24 in the monitoring station 27 or be set up with a patient, which is discussed in more detail below.
  • The monitoring system 1 further has a call unit locating system, which is designed to locate the current position of the call units 30 to 32. The call unit locating system is in this case realized in the same way as the alarm locating system, whereby the person skilled in the art is aware of other possibilities for realizing a locating system for alarm buttons and call units.
  • In the patient server 22, the following additional information is stored for processing alarms of the alarm buttons 10 to 14 for the alarm button identifications ATK, as is shown by way of example in a table 33 of FIG FIG. 4 is shown. As alarm button identifications ATK and call unit IDs REK, the reference numerals of the alarm buttons and call units are shown here by way of example FIG. 1 entered in Table 33.
  • For example, in the second row of the table 33, the following information is stored in the patient server 22 for the patient 5 in the room 2 with the name Mr. Maier. The portable alarm button 10 and a next to the bed of Mr. Maier fixed alarm button 34 have been assigned to him during admission to the hospital and, since Mr. Maier is usually cared for by the nurse 25, the call unit identifier REK was also assigned to their call unit 31 associated. As further patient information PI, the medical history of Mr. Maier can be stored in the patient server 22, for example, that Mr. Maier is allergic to penicillin. Further, the camera ID KK of a surveillance camera 35 opposite the bed of Mr. Maier was stored in the fixed alarm button 34 next to the bed of Mr. Maier and thus Mr. Maier.
  • According to a first application example of the monitoring system 1, it is now assumed that Mr. Maier wakes up at 2 o'clock in the morning and is disoriented because he does not find his glasses on the bedside table. The nurse 24 is located in the monitoring station 27 and the nurse 25, who usually cared for Mr. Maier, in the rest room. Mr. Maier pushes his portable alarm button 10 to get help because he wants to drink but sees nothing. The radio alarm is located and via the WLAN access point 16, the alarm is forwarded by the alerting unit 23 to the monitoring station 27. By locating the current position of the portable alarm button 10, the alerting unit 23 outputs the A / V signal from the surveillance camera 35 to Mr. Maier's bed to the monitor screen 28. The nurse 24 sees Mr. Maier sitting in bed and asks him about an audio connection that has been set up by the alarm unit 23 from the microphone and headset 29 via the WLAN radio network to the loudspeaker of the patient's screen, as it can help him. Mr. Maier answers that he wants to drink, but can not find his glasses. The nurse sees on her monitor screen 28 that the glasses are not at the bedside table but in the bed at the foot of the bed and says this to Mr. Maier. He can now find his glasses and drink something without the nurse 25 being woken up and having to go to room 2.
  • If Mr. Maier had operated his fixed alarm button 34 placed next to the bed, then a localization of the current position of Mr. Maier would not have been necessary, because according to Table 33 stored in the patient server 22 that this fixed alarm button 34, the surveillance camera 20 is permanently assigned. The alarm button location system would in this case be formed by the alerting unit 23, which reads out the associated stored alarm button identifier ATK and camera identification KK from the patient server 22.
  • On the other hand, if Mr Maier had left his bed and gone into the corridor to actuate his portable alarm button 10, the alarm location system would have located his current location and alerting unit 23 would have sent the A / V signal from the surveillance camera receiving that current location to the Monitoring screen 28 switched. The audio connection with Mr. Maier would have been built accordingly with a loudspeaker in the corridor. As a result, it is advantageously always possible to set up a speech connection to a patient with a care request, regardless of where he is in the hospital. The nurse in the monitoring station 27 also sees the patient and can thus set the priority of processing the different alarms well and secured.
  • According to the first application example described above, alerting of the caregiver by the alerting unit 23 has been performed by the nurse 24 having received the live image and the live sound of the patient displayed on the monitor screen 28 which has just set an alarm. If the nurse 24 does not respond to this and does not disable the alarm within a certain period of time, then the alerting unit 23 additionally activates the nurse call unit enrolled in the patient server 22 for the patient. In addition or instead, the alerting unit 23 may also alert the pager unit to the nurse who is currently in the vicinity of the alarming patient. This ensures that even if the monitoring station 27 is not occupied for a moment or is working on the processing of other alarms, the patient quickly receives help from another nurse. When one of the alarmed nurses has time, she disables the alarm and can talk to the patient about the call unit and then decide whether to go to the patient or remotely solve the problem.
  • It is particularly advantageous for the monitoring system 1 that log data for each individual alarm is stored in the patient server 22. Thus, at least the date and time of the alarm, the waiting time of the patient until the alarm is deactivated, the alarm button ATK of the alarm button with which the alarm was triggered, the call unit IDs REK of the call units that have been alerted and the call unit ID of the call unit REK , which has disabled the alarm, saved as log data per alarm. In this way, both statistical quality data can be determined via the care personnel and, if necessary, each individual alerting case can be reconstructed in detail.
  • It has also proven to be advantageous to include further alarm sensors in the monitoring system 1. In this case, for example, the following alarm sensors may be provided: smoke sensor; Fire sensor; Fall sensor, for detecting a patient fall from a bed; Noise sensor; Vital sensor of a patient. In this way, the nurse 24 in the monitoring station 27 in the case of other hazards timely for the good of Patients take appropriate action.
  • It has also proven to be advantageous to integrate a mobile care trolley 36 as a mobile monitoring station or data interrogation station into the monitoring system 1. This allows a nurse to perform some of the tasks of the monitoring station at any location in the hospital, or simply to review current alarms and, if necessary, to process them immediately.
  • It is furthermore particularly advantageous if the alerting unit 23 is configured to display patient information PI stored in the patient server 22 to the alarming alarm button on the monitoring screen 28. For example, nurse 24 may immediately see the name of the alarming patient, as well as relevant portions of the patient's history or the cause of previous patient alerts, when deciding how best to help the patient.
  • In the monitoring system 1, the following steps are performed to monitor the patients:
    • Each patient is assigned a separate alarm button marked by an alarm button identifier ATK for triggering an alarm, whereby each alarm button can communicate with the alarm unit 23 via the WLAN radio network. The alarm unit 23 locates the alarm button from which an alarm was triggered.
    • Subsequently, the alarming unit 23 selects the surveillance camera 1 of the surveillance system 1 which records the current location of the alarming alarm button and reproduces the A / V signal of this surveillance camera to alert the caregiver to the surveillance screen 28 in the monitoring station 27. In addition, patient information PI stored with the monitor screen 28 is stored by the alerting unit 23 in the patient server 22 of the alarm button identifier ATK of the alarming alarm button, as explained above.
  • It may be mentioned that another radio network could be provided for connecting the devices of the monitoring system 1. Furthermore, one or more stationary alarm buttons could be provided in each room, which would also be integrated into the radio network. Stationary alarm buttons can be one or more
  • Surveillance cameras are assigned permanently, whereas portable alarm buttons in the patient server 22 are usually associated with no surveillance cameras. However, one could associate with a portable alarm button that surveillance camera which records the location where the patient usually resides.
  • The monitoring system according to the invention can also have one or more of the functionalities described below:
  • Location system for "outliers"
  • In particular, the locating system can monitor dementia / high-risk patients and identify outliers so that they do not have to search for them in the "forest" by means of police / fire departments. Certain areas in the building plan can be defined as locked, which causes an alarm when entering (for example, leaving the building -> alarm, entering the basement -> alarm).
  • Mobile location system for outliers
  • Should an "outbreak" succeed, it is possible (by wearing the alarm button on the person or clothing) to find it faster by means of a mobile detection station. To do this, an access point with a mobile power supply and a laptop would be configured accordingly and with a location module sufficient to search for the WLAN range of patients (~ up to 500m outdoors).
  • Identification and evaluation of pathways and location of patients
  • If a patient gets lost in the area (hospital) or does not show up for a check-up appointment or is not in bed during the visit, he / she can be quickly found by the mobile alarm button. This can be found stray and dates are still met, which saves costs and the overview is maintained.
  • 3D presentation and interactive operation
  • Each floor of each building used in the surveillance system is digitized to 3D using a 2D plan. Surveillance cameras, alarm buttons and monitoring stations or support points are then drawn on this 3D plan (in near real-time with localization). In the event of an alarm, the monitored surveillance camera is enlarged as a symbol and a real-time image is displayed, and in addition to the other functionalities, the way to the alarm button / patient from the current base / location displayed. Likewise on the plan all localization participants are drawn (patients with arm buttons, sisters, etc.).
  • Individual tracking rules
  • Positioning rules can expand the logic of the alarm unit freely, that is, for example, an alarm deactivation can only be made possible by the fact that a sisters button is in close proximity to the alarm-triggering alarm button. The alarm can then be deactivated by simultaneously pressing the nurse and alarm button. Also, notification rules can be defined to automatically forward the alert to nurse call units that are near the alarm when the service is unoccupied. On the call unit of the sisters can then be displayed via text from which room or from which patient the alarm came. Likewise, temporal location rules may be used, meaning, for example, that if a patient is on a toilet in the stairwell or on the stairs for longer than 60 minutes, an alarm may be sounded.
  • Fall sensor system through camera optimization
  • When not in use, the surveillance camera always sets itself to a home position, in which it monitors the patient in bed for movement and can detect a bed crash (day and night). The surveillance camera may also loop through multiple positions and detect movement (e.g., leaving the room).
  • Mobile care
  • This is a monitoring system for semi-self-employed people at home. The nurses can reach these people in need of care via the Internet in the operations center (this can, for example, guide the patient to measuring blood pressure). Likewise, alarms with images can be transmitted to the operations center and false alarms can be avoided much more frequently (false alarm here means car journey and personnel costs ~30-90 minutes). All the functions described above in terms of the monitoring system in a hospital are also applicable to mobile care.
  • Bidirectional video communication
  • Illustration of the sisters in the monitoring station (webcam) on a tablet / touch Screen at the bedside. The patient can / does not need to use anything for this purpose (with the exception of the alarm triggering).
  • Bidirectional video communication for those in need
  • Here, relatives can establish an audio / video connection with the monitoring station via their PC and ask them whether they can be switched through to their relatives or to the patient. Activation of communication via the monitoring station can also take place at specific times (individually per patient). This greatly improves the quality of life for those in need of care as contact with family members is made regardless of the local distance. Applications to self-dependent relatives who are not capable of operating Skype and similar services is also conceivable.
  • Ortungsstags for special equipment
  • Similar to alarm tags, but without a button, can be used for expensive equipment to determine their location in larger facilities at any time. These locating tags could also be used for theft-endangered equipment. This makes it possible to better coordinate the use of the equipment without searching (for example for patient lifts, special mobile care chairs, etc.).
  • System Health Monitoring
  • The monitoring system constantly monitors all "connected" components continuously. This means that in case of failure of, for example, an alarm button an alarm with the information of the inaccessibility and representation of possible causes (defect, battery, outliers) is triggered. It also ensures that all components are 100% operational and avoids false positives and system failures in operational situations.
  • Extra-institutional key figure analysis
  • If an operator operates several facilities or in principle several operators exist, then there is the possibility for the anonymous Kennzahlenauswertung, in order to see the own characteristic numbers in the comparison. This makes quality management possible in the first place, which is based on automatically measurable key figures (reaction time, alarm deactivation time, alarm frequency, alarm reasons, false alarms, averages and extreme values, etc.).
  • Determination and evaluation of the paths of the staff
  • The paths of the staff are also evaluable and identifiable. This could make an optimization of the processes.
  • It should again be noted that the monitoring system is suitable both for monitoring patients in one or more buildings of a hospital or nursing home, and for monitoring patients or persons in need of care in their home environment.
  • It may be mentioned that the surveillance system according to the invention could also be used in security-related facilities, such as prisons for monitoring and care of prisoners.
  • Furthermore, it can be stated that the arbitrary expandability of the monitoring system can be combined with e.g. 100 surveillance cameras and more or with any number of alarm buttons brings great benefits.

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  1. Monitoring system (1) for monitoring patients (5 to 9) with at least one alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34), with which a patient (5 to 9) can display a care request to the care staff (24, 25, 26), and with one
    Alarm unit (23) for alerting the caregiver (24, 25, 26),
    characterized in that
    in the monitoring system (1) the patient (5 to 9) is assigned a respective alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) uniquely identifiable by an alarm button identifier (ATK), which communicates with the alarm unit via a radio network (16) ), wherein a patient server (22) is designed for the associated storage of an alarm button identifier (ATK), a camera identifier (KK) and associated patient information (PI) per patient (5 to 9), and in that a plurality of camera identifiers (KK ) are provided, wherein the alerting unit (23) for alerting the caregiver (24, 25, 26) for reproducing the A / V signal of the surveillance camera (20, 35) on a monitoring screen (28) of a Monitoring station (27) is formed, which is characterized by the alarm button sensor (ATK) associated with the alarm alarm button stored camera identification (KK) and the whereabouts of the patient en with care request, wherein the alarm unit (23) in particular for the additional representation of in the patient server (22) the alarming alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) associated patient information (PI) is formed on the monitoring screen (28).
  2. Monitoring system (1) according to claim 1, characterized in that at least one of the alarm buttons (10 to 14) is formed in the building by a patient-portable alarm button (10 to 14) and that an alarm detection system is provided, with which the alarm unit (23) is adapted to locate portable alarm buttons (10 to 14) in the building and that the portable alarm button (10 to 14) of the alarm unit (23) in case of alarm from this portable alarm button (10 to 14) respectively the surveillance camera is assigned, which records the current location of this portable alarm button (10 to 14).
  3. Monitoring system (1) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the alarm unit (23) for alerting the caregiver (24, 25, 26) to activate an audible and / or visual alarm on at least one portable call unit (30, 31, 32 ) a caregiver (24, 25, 26) is formed, wherein each call unit (30, 31, 32) of the alerting unit (23) by a unique call unit identifier (REK) is identifiable.
  4. Monitoring system (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that the patient server (22) is designed for the associated storage of at least one call unit identifier (REK) to at least one of the stored alarm button identifications (ATK) of a patient (5 to 9), wherein the alarm unit (23 ) is formed in the event of an alarm by this patient (5 to 9) for alarming at least this call unit (30, 31, 32) identified by the call unit identifier (REK).
  5. Monitoring system (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that a call unit locating system is arranged for locating the call units (30, 31, 32) in the building and that the alerting unit (23) in case of an alarm for alarming the call unit (30 , 31, 32) which is in close proximity and in particular closest to the alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) from which the alarm was triggered.
  6. Monitoring system (1) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the alarm unit (23) for establishing an audio connection from the monitoring station (27) and / or the alarmed call unit (30, 31, 32) to a speaker and / or patient screen (17) is formed near the alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) at which the alarm was triggered.
  7. Monitoring system (1) according to one of claims 3 to 6, characterized in that for each alarm protocol data in the patient server (22) are stored, the protocol data in particular the following information: date and time of the alarm; Waiting time of the patient until the alarm is deactivated; Alarm button identifier (10 to 14, 21, 34); Call unit identifiers (REK) of the call units (30, 31, 32) that have been alerted; Call unit identifier (REK) of the call unit (30, 31, 32) which has deactivated the alarm.
  8. Monitoring system (1) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized characterized in that one or more of the following alarm sensors are integrated in the monitoring system: smoke sensor; Fire sensor; Fall sensor, for detecting a patient fall from a bed; Noise sensor; Vital sensor of a patient.
  9. Monitoring system (1) according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the server structure of the patient server (22) is constructed in such a way as to allow flexible and virtually unlimited expandability.
  10. Method for monitoring patients (5 to 9) in which the following method steps are carried out:
    Actuating an alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) by a patient (5 to 9) to indicate to the caregiving staff (24, 25, 26) a request for care;
    Alerting the care staff (24, 25, 26) by means of an alarm unit (23), characterized in that the following further method steps are performed:
    each patient (5 to 9) is assigned a separate alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) designated by an alarm button identifier (ATK) for triggering an alarm,
    each alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) being able to communicate with the alerting unit (23) via a radio network (16);
    the alerting unit (23) selects the surveillance camera (20, 35) of the surveillance system (1), which is stored by a camera identification (KK) associated with the alerting alarm button in a patient server (22) and which records the whereabouts of the patient with care request, and outputs the A / V signal of this monitoring camera (20, 35) for alerting the caregiver (24, 25, 26) on a monitoring screen (28) of a monitoring station (27);
    In particular, the alerting unit (23) additionally displays patient information (PI) stored in the patient server (22) associated with the alarm button identifier (ATK) of the alarming alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) with the monitoring screen (28).
  11. A method according to claim 10, characterized in that the alarm unit (23) for alerting the caregiver (24, 25, 26) an audible and / or visual alarm on at least one mobile call unit (30, 31, 32) of a caregiver (24, 25 , 26), each call unit (30, 31, 32) being identifiable by the alerting unit (23) by a unique call unit identifier (REK).
  12. A method according to claim 11, characterized in that the alarm unit (23) establishes an audio connection from the monitoring station (27) and / or the alarmed call unit (30, 31, 32) to a speaker and / or patient screen (17) near the alarm button (10 to 14, 21, 34) at which the alarm was triggered.
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