New Technology is Enhancing Care in Short-Term Rehab
Jul 18, 2019 by Danielle Andersen
Knute Nelson has implemented EarlySense’s contact-free patient monitoring and data analytics solution, InSight, to help support its patient safety initiatives. The continuous monitoring technology that tracks patient vital signs and movement had an immediate positive impact on patient care and outcomes.
The FDA-cleared EarlySense solution provides medical staff with continuous, real-time monitoring through advanced sensors placed under a bed mattress or within a cushion of a chair, allowing patients’ freedom of movement.
“We chose to implement EarlySense in our short-term rehab center to increase the quality of care for those we serve recovering from a surgery or illness,” said Michelle Solwold, Administrator and Vice President of Knute Nelson Care Center. “The primary goal of our team is to help patients regain their strength so they are ready to return home. By using EarlySense, we have one more tool that helps us accomplish this.”
Knute Nelson’s Short-Term Rehab Center specializes in providing post-surgery care and serving those with changes in their health due to an illness or injury. The EarlySense solution will be used to help improve care for these patients by continuously monitoring heart rate, respiratory rate and motion. These data will aid with early detection of patient deterioration, helping to reduce falls and hospital readmissions, while improving staff communication regarding patient health and status.
By focusing on heart rate and respiratory rate, the two most important and earliest predictors of health deterioration, studies have shown that healthcare professionals using EarlySense have significantly reduced adverse events, including hospital readmissions – a major benefit to both patients and nursing facilities, which incur financial penalties when patients are readmitted.
“Knute Nelson is dedicated to advancing the safety of its patients with clinically-proven continuous monitoring technology, and we are proud to be a part of their vision,” said Avner Halperin, CEO of EarlySense. “Bringing continuous monitoring to Alexandria will elevate care in the community and not only benefit medical staff but provide a safety net for patients and peace of mind for families.”
Learn more about Short-Term Rehab at Knute Nelson.