The Indiana State Department of Health started implementing a new Long Term Care Bed and Personnel Tracking System Dec. 1.
The system will use a Web-based questionnaire to track total bed occupancy at long-term care (LTC) facilities, such as nursing homes, on a monthly basis.
Facilities are supposed to provide the facility census on the last day of the month; bed availability for men and for women; bed availability in any Alzheimer’s unit; and availability of ventilator beds.
Facilities also are supposed to provide contact information for key contact people, such as administrators and attending physicians or nurse practitioners.
The most important reason for creating the system is emergency preparedness.