Mr. Angel 507 Views
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Fall prevention doesn't necessarilly need more technology than what we've got available....it needs more humanity. More staffing, better prescription of medications to calm anxiety, more time to understand what could help this patient not get out of bed/chair every two minutes, more people to divert/distract/tend to patients, etc....
Hello everyone. I am a Computer Engineering graduate student in California and we are working on a system that uses cameras to prevent falls. I am hoping to get feedback from as many people as possible to help us with our research and development.
The system uses a camera pointed at the patient's bed. The camera can tell when someone is sitting up, is sitting on the edge of the bed, or is moving. Once the camera sees a high fall risk resident in one of these positions lets say in the middle of the night when there is less staff, it sends a picture to a nurse's pager. The nurse can then decide whether they need to respond to the possible fall or not. If it isn't an emergency, the nurse can simply cancel the alert on the pager, and the system will learn in the future to not send the same alert.
So to summarize:
1-Patient tries to get out of bed in the middle of the night
2-Camera sends a picture to the nurses
3-Nurses check picture
4-Nurse goes to patient if it's an emergency
5-Nurse cancels the alert if not an emergency
Let me emphasize a few issues that have been brought up with nurses we have talked to thus far:
1-The system ONLY sends pictures in an emergency
2-The nurse can check on the patient from anywhere in the facility
3-Nurses can get images on their pagers, or at a monitor at the nurse's station
4-Cameras are attached to the ceiling and can be turned off if necessary
5-Cameras can tell if there are other people with the resident, and will shut off
6-No one can look through the camera, images are only sent in an emergency
7-No images or video is recorded or saved anywhere
Any feedback you can give about our project would be greatly appreciated. Our goal is to reduce falls as much as possible. There is an industry standard of 100 assumed falls in the average facility and 9 serious injuries. If we can reduce these by even 50%, we believe we can save many lives, and get rid of these annoying clip alarms and bed pressure sensors.
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