If you’ve ever been bedridden in hospital – or visited someone who has – suffice it to say, it’s one of life’s more unpleasant experiences.
Aside from the illness, the mere sight of seeing someone hooked up to a plethora of monitors and wires always look severe and that doom isn’t far away.
But one company has created a device that not only provides the same level of accuracy as conventional monitors, it’s also more aesthetically pleasing.
In fact, you can’t even see it…
Forget Wires and Monitors
It’s called EarlySense – and is the brainchild of Israeli researchers.
It’s a tablet-like sensor that lies under the mattress of a patient’s bed, while quietly – and wirelessly – monitoring three key vital signs…
- Heart rate
- Body movement
EarlySense is able to monitor these vital signs without ever physically touching them. Indeed, the only hookup is to a bedside computer, which “gives alerts when the earliest warning signs of deterioration are present,” according to EarlySense CEO, Avner Halperin.
So far, it’s proving to be an accurate, reliable and far less obtrusive alternative to the usual hospital room setup.
It wasn’t easy, though…
Technology 10 Years in the Making
In order to ensure that the three signals being sent from the sensor – heart rate, breathing and body movement – are accurate, the EarlySense team needed to create a fail-safe system.
Halperin explains that once the signals go through the mattress, they’re “collected, digitized, and then algorithms that we developed over 10 years make that into very accurate vital signs.”
In fact, it’s so accurate that Early Sense has proved less likely to send out false alarms to nursing staff when a patient’s situation changes.
Indeed, head nurse at Israel’s Dorot Hospital says, “Two and a half years ago, before we started working with the system, we unfortunately had two incidents of patients that were found dead in their beds. Ever since we’ve been using the system and we monitor the patients, we identify the difficult condition of those patients. We had at least three of four incidents of ventricular fibrillation that the crew literally saved patients’ lives.”
Take a look…
As you can see, EarlySense isn’t one of those innovative technologies merely in development and years away from the market… it’s already saving lives now.
And at $7,000 a piece, it’s a price worth paying, too. Two dozen hospitals in America already have the device – and that number should only rise from here, given its accuracy with both identifying emergencies and reducing false alarms.
Halperin’s team is already taking the technology to the next level, too, by developing a market-friendly mattress sensor for use in the home.
Innovative… ingenious… and lifesaving. Job done.
Ahead of the tape,