New technology prevents rehospitalization for nursing home patie

New technology prevents rehospitalization for nursing home patients

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A Lubbock nursing home is implementing a new wave of technology. EarlySense provides a simple, yet effective way of monitoring patients afar. 

Chuck Morah with EarlySense said More than 40 nursing homes in Texas are implementing the contact-free sensor that's placed underneath the patient's mattress. 

"This sensor sends information to the bedside unit, the bedside unit sends information to the all-display unit," Morah said.

It allows nurses to monitor patients around the clock, reducing rehospitalization by more than 23 percent, reduce falls by more than 43 percent, and reduce pressure ulcers by more than 64 percent. 

"It's measuring data through vibration through the mattress, twice a second, every second, reflective of the last 60 seconds so it's a lot of data coming out and it's displayed on a screen," RN Lorraine Starnes said. 

The screen then displays the heart rate, respiratory rate, motion to prevent fall, and when a patient needs to be re-positioned. 

"With the technology not audible in the patients room, it's an extra level of safety for those patients as well," Morah said.

Starnes said it also benefits nurses. 

"It's going to allow them to increase their skill level, increase their knowledge base because their going to have the technology to work in conjunction with that and it's going to make this facility stand out," Starnes said. 

Crown Point is the first nursing home in Lubbock to use EarlySense. The facility mainly is for short-term care. Greg Bruce said patients normally stay two to three weeks as they complete rehab, but this could help shorten that. 

"We're always looking for new opportunities to enhance the level of care to provide to our patients and partnering with early sense made sense," Bruce said.

Just a few days within it's installation, Bruce said there has already been an impact. 

"We've already had three patients that we were able to get an early detection on what could of otherwise been some pretty significant issues with them," Bruce said.

Bruce is hopeful it will continue to predict health deterioration. 

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