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Sensor Technologies for Pressure Injury Prevention Improve Hospital Outcomes and Operational Efficiency

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Even as the incidence of many other healthcare-related complications declines in hospitals, pressure injuries continue to be a stubborn challenge for many providers. The economic impact of nosocomial pressure injuries (HAPI) is significant and costs the American healthcare system dearly $9.9 billion for $11 billion per year. Frequent and appropriate repositioning of the patient to promote tissue recovery is an effective way to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers, but there is an urgent need for solutions that offer real-time patient-generated data to remind staff to perform these critical tasks in accordance with the latest international best practice guidelines. In addition to reducing HAPI incidence rates, these wearable technologies allow nurses to focus more on clinical care instead of auditing, chart review and documentation.

Frost & Sullivan’s latest white paper, Improving patient care with the Smith+Nephew LEAF Patient monitoring system, discusses the significant problem of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, the operational and economic impact of HAPIs on providers, and the potential benefits that a patient-worn sensor solution can provide for more effective disease management. The document is constructed from extensive surveys of clinicians and administrators in many different roles within US hospitals.

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“Healthcare providers need better tools to simplify patient turnaround management to improve outcomes and align their internal protocols with evidence-based clinical guidelines,” observed Charlie WhelanVice President of Consulting, Health & Life Sciences, at Frost & Sullivan. “An automated system based on data from the sensor worn by the patient and adapted to the patient’s rotation and mobility plan is the most reliable strategy for prompting healthcare professionals to reposition the patient.”

“Our LEAFThe patient surveillance system can be very effective in the fight against HAPIs. This technology, backed by over 7 million hours of data on over 60,000 patients, has been shown to help reduce the incidence of pressure injuries by 73% in an investigator-led randomized controlled trial,” noted Laura AckermanNational Vice President, Growth Platforms at Smith+Nephew. “In real-world implementations and studies, it has been shown to improve facility adherence to patient rotation protocols, on-time delivery of care, documentation and teamwork of medical care.”

Key benefits of a sensor-based turning compliance solution include:

  • To supply real-time, patient-specific reports whether a patient has been properly turned to offload tissue according to hospital protocols.
  • Delivery protocol compliance monitoring and alerts that support best practices for patient turnaroundas recommended by the latest National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) clinical guidelines.
  • Reduce the documentation burden on nursing staff, allowing them to focus more on clinical care.
  • Reduce the risk of pressure ulcers and the resulting negative consequences Patient results and the economic impact on the facility.
  • Forming as part of the hospital’s overall strategy to bring the HAPI incidence rate closer to zero.
  • Help facilities improve the timeliness of care delivery, documentation and teamwork of nursing.
  • Display of the resulting data in a custom interface on centralized computers, local workstations or any other web-enabled device to help staff determine who needs to be transformed and when.

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