I can see where you are coming from with the diginty side of the issue. An idea that I had would seem to satisify both sides of the issue. What if the alarms were of the silent type, something that would only sound at the nursing station, instead of the loud and attention getting audiable alarms that are currently in use?
This idea could even be expanded on through the use of smart algorithms in the control unit that would eleminate the nusisance alarms of just having someone shuffling around in their bed or chair by only sounding if the input signal (pt weight on pad) was absent for a preset duration, say > 1 minute.
I know that a lot of times there is not a person at the desk that would see the alarms, so what about a small pager type unit that staff could wear that would be programed for only the pts that they are responsiable for, say on their wing or floor?
Yes, I know I am dreaming, but a product such as this could very easily be made with the technology available today. Use of something like this would preserve the diginty of the pt by not having a loud alarm go off every time they move, thus not drawing attention to them and disturbing others, and would provide the relative rapid response of the nursing staff in a fall situation. As it stands now with no alarms, someone could be on the floor for several hours during the night before they are noticed.
So there is the idea, for any electrical engineers or medical product companies that might read this. Maybe it will be produced someday, maybe not, but all good products started with an idea.