NHS Hospitals Choose EarlySense to Improve Patient Safety

RAMAT GAN, Israel – EarlySense announces that its system has been chosen as a framework provider for the supply of products to aid the prevention of patient falls in 34 NHS hospitals, with over 6,000 beds in North West England.

According to a report from the Patient Safety Observatory by the UK National Patient Safety Agency in 2007 for the NHS, patient falls account for almost 40% of the patient safety incidents in NHS hospitals. The report specifies that even falls without injury can lead to increased length of stay and discharge to residential or nursing home care. In an average 800-bed acute hospital trust, there will be over 1,260 falls and estimated costs at a minimum of £92,000 per year. EarlySense, through their UK distributor Genesys Medical Solutions, looks forward to working in partnership with the NHS to help hospitals prevent patient falls.

The EarlySense product line uses contact-free and continuous monitoring capabilities for early detection of patient deterioration, empowering clinicians to provide effective timely intervention through monitoring and analysis of the heart rate and respiratory rate.

Today, clinical results showing significant reductions in patient falls and 30-day readmission rates by clinical teams using the EarlySense system will be presented at the 15th International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability in Manchester, UK. At the Conference, Dr. Spigel, from Dorot Medical Center will present outcome results achieved with the EarlySense system that include a 28% reduction in falls and a 19% improvement in readmission rates. In similar institutions, US researchers reported a 47% decrease of fall events using the EarlySense monitoring solution.[1]

These achievements open up significant new opportunities in the growing UK market for continuous contact-free surveillance solutions focused on patient safety and prevention of patient falls, reduction in hospital acquired pressure ulcers (decubitus), early detection of deterioration and readmission rate improvement.

"The EarlySense Solutions provide clinicians with advanced capabilities to proactively reduce patient falls, pressure ulcers and deterioration events," says Ian Niblock, Director, Genesys Medical Solutions, the exclusive distributor of the EarlySense product line in the UK. "The system allows the clinician to personalize the settings to patients' individual needs. For example, The EarlySense Solution enables the caregiver to choose between 6 levels of sensitivity for Bed Exit, based on a personalized fall risk assessment, obtained at the patient admission stage. An immediate alert, based on a patient's status, can be transmitted to handheld devices and remote displays, helping the staff to promptly respond to any bed exit attempt."

The EarlySense Safety System also assists in the reduction of hospital acquired pressure ulcers that are estimated in the UK at £3.36[2] billion per year. This solution includes an automatic motion analysis to aid clinicians in identifying patients at higher risk for developing pressure ulcers, and managing their repositioning protocol.

For more info, go to http://www.earlysense.com

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