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Haemodialysis water pre-treatment plant wireless monitoring system Royal Perth Hospital

Oliver, Chantal (2012) Haemodialysis water pre-treatment plant wireless monitoring system Royal Perth Hospital. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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Currently most of the remotely monitored equipment at Royal Perth Hospital is hardwired, but is gradually being replaced with wireless systems with the development of cheaper and more reliable solutions.

This thesis tests and compares two wireless systems and analyses which one best fits Royal Perth Hospital’s requirements. Thorough testing and comparison was required because once installed, the selected solution was required to be the main monitoring system used in the future.

From there the selected system was installed and commissioned within the Pre-Treatment Plant of Haemodialysis. Commissioning of the chosen software entailed configuring the manufacturers Web Server with required sensor settings, alarm limits and email addresses. In addition to the installation, this thesis briefly investigates the possibility of a fully automated chlorine analyser for the Pre-Treatment Plant. This would create an excellent long term logging solution with the nurses no longer needing to hand test chlorine levels each day.

Although the Web Server satisfied the hospitals needs in the short term, a longer term solution needed to be found. Perl script was created to communicate from the Web Servers data tables to Royal Perth Hospitals’ server. This script was able to transfer all required data and pass it through to the new server, Fully Automated Nagios. This new script allows for improved data viewing, emailing capabilities, and longer term data storage.

This thesis summarises the work required to install, commission and configure a system that monitors pressures, temperature and contact switches, as well as educate the reader on the development, implementation and testing of such a system.

Since the Technical Services Division has an ISO 9001 accredited QA system, as required a large part of this thesis focused on the development of the project details, such as the development of wiring diagrams, server templates, comment logs, bill of materials and most importantly, the complete service and operator manuals.

Through the research and development of this thesis it was found that the project could be used to monitor other wards and so could be repeated in the future within Royal Perth Hospital and possibly Western Australian Health.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Supervisor(s): Cole, Graeme
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