Patient falls and pressure ulcers are preventable burdens. They are a burden to patients in the form of unnecessary injury and a burden to hospitals in the form of a decrease in quality of care and an increase in the cost of care.
Patient falls are among the most common yet most preventable negative events during a hospital stay. Falls sustained while receiving care within a healthcare facility create an array of concerns for today’s healthcare industry including increased healthcare costs, increased length of stays, over-use of hospital resources and further injury to patients.
Adverse results associated with falls have placed the issue of early fall detection technology and fall prevention strategies as forefront topics within the medical field. Expanding fall detection technology’s spectrum of use is vital. Patientcare™ is assisting in the expansion of fall detection technology’s spectrum by shifting the focus from alarm systems towards image detection devices.
Pressure ulcers are another serious yet preventable issue for hospitals. Patientcare™ passively monitors the patient’s movements or sometimes the lack of movements. When Patientcare™ observes behaviors from the patient which put the patient at a higher risk of pressure ulcers an alert is sent to the nurse so that proper care and attention is given to the patient to prevent pressure ulcers.
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Patient falls are among the most
common and yet one of the
most preventable negative events that
can be experienced during a hospital stay.
Patientcare™ provides hospitals with the tools it needs to increase the quality of healthcare and patient safety while decreasing the cost of healthcare by providing the following benefits to hospitals and its patients:
Fall Prevention and Fall Risk Assessment
Foresite Patientcare™ passively and continuously analyzes patient’s movements and gait. By observing just a few initial steps of privacy protecting images, Patientcare™ provides an assessment which is translated into the popular Timed Up and Go (TUG) score. Every time the patient walks, an additional TUG assessment is provided so that improvement or deterioration in the patient can be detected. Patients are automatically assessed within Patientcare™ providing easy, available information to nurses and information to Patientcare™ to use throughout the patient’s stay.
Bed Exit Alert
Patientcare™ notifies nurses prior to a patient exiting the bed giving staff the opportunity to provide assistance and prevent a patient from being injured. Patientcare™ monitors the patient’s on bed movements and sends the nurse an alert when the patient begins exhibiting the behaviors of someone exiting a bed. This advanced notice allows the nurse to provide assistance in exiting the bed and/or walking the patient to their destination thus preventing a possible fall. Conventional bed alarms notify when the patient is exiting the bed and the warning is often too late or even false. Patientcare™ analyzes movements prior to exiting the bed providing the earliest possible notification with a higher degree of accuracy.
The bed alert works in conjunction with our Fall Risk Assessment technology tailoring the system so patients with a high risk assessment trigger the bed exit notification but patients with a low risk assessment do not trigger the notification.
Patientcare™ immediately identifies a fall and automatically alerts nurses so care is provided instantaneously. The sensors have alerted on tens of thousands of falls over the course of tens of millions of hours of monitoring people. No button needs to be pushed and nothing needs to be worn. Patientcare™ is completely passive technology that identifies a fall based on movement and immediately sends an alert with imaging to nurses when it witnesses a fall.
Rewind and Review
The fall imaging can be analyzed immediately so proper care is provided and reviewed indefinitely so a greater understanding exists of why and how patients are falling. Immediate imaging shows how the patient fell and which body parts were affected by the fall so healthcare professionals can provide appropriate treatment. Long term analysis can be done on the imaging to know why the patient fell and what they were doing immediately prior to the fall so procedures can be improved to prevent future falls. Patientcare™ imaging provides no identifying information and protects the patient’s privacy. In addition, Patientcare™ has discovered that some falls are not falls at all. Sometimes a patient is found on the floor but laid there intentionally or reports to have fallen but imaging shows they never actually fell.
Pressure Ulcer Alert
Foresite Patientcare™ monitors patient’s movements or sometimes lack of movements which could result in pressure ulcers. If a patient’s lack of movement puts him or her at risk for pressure ulcers an alert will be sent to the nurse so proper care can be provided to the patient. Again, a patient’s movements or lack of movements can be tracked and precisely quantified for their entire stay so caregivers can minimize the risk of pressure ulcers.
Vital Sign Monitoring
Patientcare™ monitors patients’ heart and respiratory rates so if there is a deviation in vital signs your nurses are alerted immediately. Again, this is done passively and no devices are worn and no buttons need to be pushed.