EarlySense contact-free patient monitoring system as a risk assesment tool for preventing Decubitus Ulcer

A study conducted by EarlySense, a market leader in patient cares solutions recently released a scientific test that indicates how EarlySense’s Contact-Free Patient Monitoring System Effectively Helps Hospital Patients Avoid Pressure Ulcers.

The monitoring device automatically and continously records the vital aspect (respiratory, cardiac and motion parameters) of patient by installing a compact device under the mattress of patient’s bed.
The system will automatically alert any members of the Team if there’s any significant changes in the patient’s condition or any vital movement (entry or exit in the bed) or if there’s a need for frequent turning as determined by the system.

To quote from Eyal Zimlichman, M.D., “We found that the pressure ulcer risk score correlated highly with the EarlySense measured motion rate. Based on this, we have concluded that the EarlySense system has potential to serve as a risk assessment tool to be used to prevent pressure ulcers.”

To add more, an interventional study has been made with several patients in US hospital to evaluate the efficacy of the system. A comparison from the pre-implementation period (666 patients) versus post-implementation period (993 patients) has been done.

The researchers found a significant reduction of 65% in incidence of pressure ulcers attributed to the use of the technology.

Majority of the staff (88%) agreed that the turn alerts created by Earlysense system helped them avoid the development of potential pressure sore.

The development of such system will definitely help nurses in bringing out the best quality care that is possible to patient. This innovation will minimize problems associated with bed-ridden or immobilized patients, thus, reducing or minimizing complications brought by the disease and hospitalization.

Reference:
Zimlichman, Eyal et al. “Using Continuous Motion Monitoring Technology to Determine Patient’s Risk for Development of Pressure Ulcers.” Journal of Patient Safety 7.4 (2011): 181-84. Web. 17 June 2012.

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