Ren Ci Hospital, Ngee Ann Polytechnic come up with innovative devices to aid the hospital

The battery-operated toilet sensor triggers an alert when a patient is about to stand up and put him or herself at risk of falling. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 
The battery-operated toilet sensor triggers an alert when a patient is about to stand up and put him or herself at risk of falling. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Automation and Mechatronic Systems students (from left) Muhammad Taqidin Ismail, 21, Paw Lian Hai, 23, and Paw Lian Deng, 21, developed a fall-prevention toilet sensor in collaboration with Ren Ci Hospital. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Automation and Mechatronic Systems students (from left) Muhammad Taqidin Ismail, 21, Paw Lian Hai, 23, and Paw Lian Deng, 21, developed a fall-prevention toilet sensor in collaboration with Ren Ci Hospital. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The trolley has a built-in system that prevents medication from being dispensed to the wrong patients. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 
The trolley has a built-in system that prevents medication from being dispensed to the wrong patients. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 
The trolley has a built-in system that prevents medication from being dispensed to the wrong patients.-- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 
The trolley has a built-in system that prevents medication from being dispensed to the wrong patients.-- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG 

SINGAPORE - To improve productivity and boost patient safety, Ren Ci Hospital has teamed up with Ngee Ann Polytechnic to develop two innovative devices.

The first is a battery-operated toilet sensor which triggers an alert when a patient is about to stand up and put him or herself at risk of falling.

The second innovation is a trolley which has a built-in system that prevents medication from being dispensed to the wrong patients.

The two organisations signed a five-year memorandum of understanding on Tuesday morning to take both projects beyond the pilot stage and work on  more innovations in the future.

"Implementing these innovations at our facilities lead to efficiency gains, cos savings and allow our care staff to provide a higher quality of care and services," said the hospital's chief executive Loh Shu Ching.