US-based Desert Valley Medical Centre has implemented Leaf Healthcare’s patient wearable technology in a bid to reduce hospital acquired pressure ulcers.
Situated in Victorville, California, the 148-bed facility deployed the wireless Leaf Patient Monitoring System in its emergency department that helps clinicians to prevent hospital acquired pressure ulcers.
Desert Valley Medical Centre chief nursing officer Patrick Reinhard said: "We believe the Leaf system can help us identify those mistakes before they compound to create a medical problem for our patients.
"We also expect the system to help our clinical staff allocate its time more efficiently by identifying the patients who need help with repositioning, and those who do not."
"Preventing even one pressure ulcer case can save a patient from excruciating pain and prevent tens of thousands of dollars from being spent on medical care to cure a preventable condition."
The Leaf Patient Monitor allows clinical staff to monitor patients who are being observed and it avoids turning patients periodically in their beds, the standard of care to prevent pressure ulcers.
It includes a small, lightweight and wearable sensor, which electronically monitors a patient’s position and movements.
According to the company, caregivers can check on patient position and movement through data collected by the sensor that is communicated wirelessly to central monitoring stations or mobile devices.
The Leaf Patient Monitoring System received 510(k) approval from US Food and Drug Administration.