EarlySense™ – Improving Patient Safety During Detox

Recovery First is now utilizing EarlySense™ technology to better care for patients and keep them safe. EarlySense™ is an FDA-cleared patient monitoring system. It provides continuous monitoring of vital signs and movement without patient contact. Instead, it gathers data through advanced sensors that are placed beneath a bed mattress or inside a chair cushion. Because there are no wires or cables attached to the patient, it causes no discomfort or restrictions to movement.

earlysense nurseEarlySense™ constantly monitors and analyzes the patient’s heart rate and breathing rate, two of the most critical and earliest predictors of declining health, as well as movement and bed exit. The EarlySense™ system can also be integrated with a pulse oximeter to monitor and evaluate oxygen saturation levels. If it detects concerning changes, it will immediately alert nurses through the nurse’s central display station, the bedside unit, a hallway screen, mobile devices, pagers, and/or tablets. This new technology helps nurses to care for patients more effectively, by allowing them to continuously supervise patients even when not in the patient’s room or at the nurses’ station and by identifying small changes in patient’s vital signs that nurses may not detect during routine rounds.

EarlySense’s™ combination of patient monitoring with data analytics enables healthcare professionals to detect patient deterioration earlier, and earlier detection facilitates earlier intervention. EarlySense’s™ technology also helps better prevent falls and pressure ulcers through motion analysis and intervention reminders. Research has shown that when EarlySense™ is used by healthcare professionals, there is a reduction in adverse events, including code blues from respiratory or cardiac arrest, avoidable ICU transfers, pressure ulcers, and patient falls, as well as fewer hospital readmissions. In a code blue, a few minutes delay can make the difference between life and death. EarlySense™ technology has helped to save lives by detecting abnormal vital signs and enabling early intervention.

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“EarlySense™ is an excellent method of monitoring clients who may be in distress, especially at the time of admission into a detoxification environment.” — Diane Funston, Recovery First CEO

“The need for this technology is crucial as clients arrive in various levels of altered mental status due to their current substance abuse activity. Many clients seek to “self-medicate” themselves as they prepare for detoxification, not actually trusting that the start of this detoxification process will adequately address their comfort needs.”

How Does it Work?

A membrane plate integrated with piezoelectric technology is placed under a patient’s bed mattress or inside their chair cushion. This enables mechanical vibrations from the individual to be detected through sensors to monitor and analyze:

Heart Rate, through signals created by cardio ballistic effects of the heart

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Respiration Rate, through signals created by chest movement and changes in respiratory patterns

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Movement, through signals created by large body movement and posture changes

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Bed Exit, through signals created by body movements when a patient tries to or does leave the bed

The EarlySense™ system’s algorithms use artificial intelligence and big data analytics to interpret the information it gathers and then provide relevant, crucial alerts to nurses and/or other healthcare professionals.

“Here, at Recovery First, our focus during the initial phase of detoxification is to ensure that the client is safe, free of anxiety, and feels that this process will lead to a clear head which will allow them to participate in their follow-on treatment process.” — Steven Haughton, Director of Nursing at Recovery First

“Our environment does not require client turn monitoring, hence that aspect of monitoring is not applicable. However, the monitoring of high-risk clients and their exiting their beds during the night is extremely necessary.”

“We are educating the nursing and BHT staff to be observant of trends that may indicate possible breathing problems that may be brought on by a combination of detoxification medications, duration of use for substances, and poor sleeping (racing thoughts, paranoia, etc.) and nutritional (not eating due to substance abuse, early morning or late-night eating, etc.) habits. EarlySense™ allows the Nursing and Behavioral Health Technician staff to monitor client’s ever-changing conditions during detoxification, to ensure they remain staff. Additionally, this system provides early indications of poor breathing and agitated movements that may be precursors to seizure activities. These early warnings, as presented by abnormal heart and respiration rates give the staff notices of whom needs additional observations and/or interventions.”

Recovery First’s use of EarlySense™ is revolutionizing the treatment of addiction. It improves patient safety and overall quality of care during detoxification, enabling patients to have better outcomes with fewer complications. Knowing that EarlySense’s™ continuous monitoring is being used by nurses at Recovery First during this extremely vulnerable time can help provide peace of mind for patients and their loved ones.

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