NASHUA, New Hampshire, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
St. Joseph Hospital, a leading regional, full-service hospital system serving the Greater Nashua area, announced today that it has become the first hospital in the state to implement EarlySense's contact-free continuous patient monitoring solution. The 208-bed hospital installed the initial system in its Medical Surgical Unit as part of its continued effort to ensure patient safety. Subsequently, St. Joseph Hospital has increased the number of units installed, in an effort to provide continuous monitoring for additional patients.
The FDA-cleared EarlySense system will help hospital staff address several of the top patient safety concerns recently published by the ECRI Institute, including earlier detection of patient deterioration, improved monitoring of acute-care patients on opioids, and provide clinical decision support tools.
"We are dedicated to meeting the growing needs of our community by delivering the highest quality of care using safe technological innovation," said Cynthia Arcieri, MS, APRN, OCN, Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nurse Executive of St. Joseph Hospital. "Now our nursing staff, with the help of the EarlySense system, can swiftly respond to unexpected changes in patient condition, or causes of concern, to help improve care and clinical outcomes. Continuous monitoring is the latest of several advanced systems we have adopted to support our life-saving work."
The EarlySense sensor, placed under the patient's bed mattress, continuously monitors heart rate and respiratory rate without any discomfort, contact or restrictions to the patient's movement. Nurses are notified if there are potentially adverse changes in the patient's vital signs, receiving alerts on their pager and at the central display station.
The solution will also help St. Joseph Hospital staff monitor patient movement in the bed to help reduce the risk of pressure ulcers, and when a patient attempts to leave the bed, to help prevent hazardous falls. The system allows each patient's monitor to be adjusted individually, enabling staff to provide personalized care and better response time to potential adverse events, while limiting false alarms.
"St. Joseph Hospital is dedicated to advancing the safety of its patients with advanced clinically-proven technology, and we are proud to be a part of their vision," said Tim O'Malley, President of EarlySense. "Our solution has proven to improve patient care, while also reducing patient length of stay and assisting medical teams in saving lives. There is strong clinical and operational evidence for continuously monitoring patients outside the ICU, and EarlySense technology is rapidly being adopted by health facilities across the nation, and around the world."
About St. Joseph Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Covenant Health, is a regional, full-service healthcare system dedicated to providing innovative, high quality healthcare. The main campus, St. Joseph Hospital, is a 208-bed facility combining the latest technologies and personalized medicine with conveniences such as around-the-clock emergency services, comprehensive, specialized treatment and preventive services at the Cardiovascular & Diabetes Center, Breast Care Center, and Cancer Center, DNV GL-accredited stroke program at our hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and labor and delivery services at the Childbirth Center. We offer an extensive physician network of specialists and primary care providers. Affiliates include St. Joseph School of Nursing. For more information, please visit: http://www.stjosephhospital.com.
EarlySense® provides contact-free, continuous monitoring solutions for the medical and consumer digital health markets. EarlySense's integrated sensor utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data analytics to provide actionable health insights and improve clinical outcomes.
Used worldwide in hospitals, rehab and skilled nursing facilities, EarlySense assists clinicians in early detection of patient deterioration, helping to prevent adverse events, including code blues which are a result of cardiac or respiratory arrest, preventable ICU transfers, patient falls and pressure ulcers.
EarlySense® Live™ is the first at-home consumer health monitor powered by EarlySense's medically-proven sensor and AI analytics. Live is particularly useful for tracking the health and sleep of the aging population and children, to help facilitate better health choices.
EarlySense has partnered with leading global technology companies including Samsung, Welch Allyn, iFit and Beurer. The company is based in Ramat Gan, Israel and Waltham, MA.
For more information, visit http://www.earlysense.com and http://www.livebyearlysense.com.
St. Joseph Hospital Contact:
+1-603-882-3000 ext. 63208
SOURCE EarlySense and St. Joseph Hospital