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Multi-centre study EarlySense system helps reduce patient falls

EarlySense : 07 May, 2013  (Company News)
EarlySense releases results of a multi-centre clinical study demonstrating that the EarlySense system helps medical teams at rehabilitation centres to reduce patient falls as well as the number of patients transferred back to the hospital.


The clinical data was collected from The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York and Dorot Medical Center in Israel. The data was presented at the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) by Hebrew Home medical director and study principal investigator Dr Zachary Palace in a poster titled 'The Effect of a Continuous Patient Monitoring System on Reducing Hospitalization and Falls in Skilled Nursing facilities'.



Dr Palace said: "The implementation of EarlySense on the post-acute care units has demonstrated a significant decrease in the total number of falls and a trend towards reduction in the readmission rate back to hospitals, thus improving the overall quality of care for the elderly. The system also alerted regarding early warning signs of patient deterioration which enabled our medical team to proactively respond and literally save four lives. As clinicians we are always on the lookout for better ways to provide safer, more effective care for our patients."



Dr Palace continued: "Patient falls and subsequent hospital transfers are an ongoing challenge for most rehabilitation centres. The EarlySense system is the first technology to help us more effectively and proactively respond to early warning signs of deterioration and potential falls to secure better patient outcomes. We've experienced success and look forward to continuing this trend."



Dorot Medical Center Principal Investigator, Dr Gad Mendelson said: "As the population ages, we are seeing a growing need to provide safer, smarter care without increasing our staffing level. In this clinical trial, we saw that the continuous monitoring nature of the EarlySense system and its low level of false alarms allowed our team to reach deteriorating patients earlier without creating alarm fatigue."



Eight-hundred and thirty-three patient records at The Dorot Geriatric Center, a 374-bed facility in Netanya, Israel and seven-hundred and seventy-three records at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, an 870-bed skilled nursing facility in Riverdale, New York, were collected and reviewed over a six month period. The transfer rate to the hospital decreased by 21 percent (p=0.12) at Dorot, and the falls rate decreased by 38.5 percent (p<0.05) at the Hebrew Home.



David Weinstein, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale said: "The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has always been at the forefront of care and technology. Early Sense complements our unique platform by offering our residents innovative advancements that are safe and effective."



EarlySense Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs Dalia Argaman said: "We are fortunate to be able to work with two outstanding and highly skilled nursing facilities like the Hebrew Home and Dorot. We look forward to continuing what has been a very productive cooperation at both of these fine locations with the vision that the EarlySense system will continue to benefit medical teams, patients and their families within the entire healthcare spectrum, in the various markets across the world where we are actively promoting the EarlySense Solutions."


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