EarlySense, a developer of proactive patient care solutions, has revealed the results of a study that showing that it can predict when a patient will get out of bed throughout the night. It was also awarded a Federal Supply Schedule Contract with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
The company specializes in the monitoring of patients. This is important because even with a personal caregiver people cannot be watched 24/7, except for maybe the US President. When someone is in a hospitable bed under medication he or she may from time to time not remember where he is and try to get out of bed in the middle of the night.
Accidents happen and, according to EarlySense, as many as 1 million patients a year are hurt in falls while staying in hospitals. The falls also add a great deal to the costs of the patients’ care.
The EarlySense System, which is currently installed in multiple VA Medical Centers, allows caregivers to place a contact-free sensor under the mattress, or within a cushion of a chair and monitor Patients Heart Rate, Respiratory Rate and Motion on a continuous basis.
EarlySense says that the objective of the study was to validate a novel bed-exit prediction solution and to further validate the value of timely response to alerts. The study included prospective analysis and real-time testing of the EarlySense System. An observer responded to every predictive alert and documented whether it led to an actual bed exit. The predictive indication was found to precede the events by 57-72 seconds with a positive predictive value of up to 67%.
The researchers concluded that being able to predict bed exit events ahead of time will allow timely assistance and potential intervention at the bed side which will potentially prevent falls. In addition, the system’s ability to measure and report clinician response time to alerts was used in order to analyze the value of providing such effective management tools in the hands of clinical leaders.
“Previous use of other bed exit alarm technologies to alert and prevent a patient from falling was shown to have limited success.” Said Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, The Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and Deputy Director and VP of Quality Management at Sheba Medical Center.
EarlySense International headquarters is in Israel, and US headquarters is in Waltham, MA, the EarlySense System is currently installed in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.