Using a Medical Intranet of Things System to Prevent Bed Falls in an Acute Care Hospital

J Med Internet Res. 2017 May 4;19(5):e150. doi: 10.2196/jmir.7131.

 

Summary


BACKGROUND:

Hospitalized patients in the United States experience falls at a rate of 2.6 to 17.1 per 1000 patient-days, with the majority occurring when a patient is moving to, from, and around the bed. Each fall with injury costs an average of US $14,000.

 

OBJECTIVE:

The aim was to conduct a technology evaluation, including feasibility, usability, and user experience, of a medical sensor-based Intranet of things (IoT) system in facilitating nursing response to bed exits in an acute care hospital.

 

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