Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Affairs
Chief Technology Officer
Fall and injury prevention continues to be a considerable challenge among all seniors. Falls are a life-threatening concern for older adults aged 60 years and above. A fall can significantly reduce one’s quality of life and ability to remain their independence. According to the Center for Disease Control (2017), 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries each year and over 800,000 patients will be hospitalized due to head and hip injuries. As a caregiver or healthcare professional, it is our duty to ensure that safety is the utmost priority. From 2007 to 2016 the fall death rate in the United States has increased 30% (CDC, 2017).Falls are not an inevitable part of aging and there are proven ways to reduce falls. The risk factors that can be managed include medication side effects, environmental hazards, and muscle weakness. Ensure medications are not causing side effects such as lightheadedness, sedation, visual impairments, or orthostatic hypotension that increases one’s risk for falls. Environmental hazards that can be reduced include, but are not limited to, clutter removal, securing loose rugs, cleaning spilled liquids and foods, using non-slip mats in the shower, wearing properly fitting, non-skid shoes, and having adequate lighting. Additionally, one of the most important modifiable risk factors is staying physically active. Those seniors who are afraid of moving are more likely to experience a fall. Physical activity prevents muscle atrophy, improves balance, flexibility, and motor coordination (Mayo Clinic, 2017).
For over 25 years, Predictive Health Devices Inc. has been involved in the emerging healthcare area of proactive and predictive healthcare. Our team is dedicated to reducing negative medical outcomes in healthcare facilities and at home. Our mission is to ensure the best solutions available using the most predictive, proactive, game-changing technologies and the integration of artificial intelligence following years of research. We have consulted with most top hospitals and healthcare organizations to provide fall prevention monitoring and advice on numerous valuable technologies to improve patient safety and risk. This approach has saved thousands of facilities, and the senior community, billions of dollars in unnecessary risk and patient safety. It is estimated the total medical costs for falls totaled more than $50 billion dollars last year (CDC, 2017).
The latest technologies are going to be invaluable to seniors and their families. Some of the devices include wearable/inflatable hip protectors, unique watch-like wearable, wireless fall and exit alarms, and wireless caregivers. These products aide improvement in self-care and provide ongoing guidance outside of a professional encounter. Each with a tracking platform that continuously collects patient data with abilities to transmit clinically valid objective data back to healthcare professionals and caregivers. The real-time fall protection devices allow for timely notifications of important indicators of concern regarding a patient’s status. By enabling individuals with the latest health technology, they can live a healthier, safer and more active life.
Nearly 1/3 of seniors living in their own home or home of adult children caregivers suffer from a serious fall at least once each year, many who never completely recover from the injury (Cleveland Clinic, 2016). New technologies are changing the way of healthcare delivery and management as it is becoming more complex and demanding. Each of these low-cost fall products optimizes family member/residents safety. Many, of which, are covered in the Medicare/telehealth bill. It is giving hope to the quality of life of seniors.