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Care Home By RNs pilot study shows that BAM Labs’ Touch-free Life Care smart bed system can reduce falls, help eliminate pressure sore wounds and support caregivers’ health management programs
Campbell, CA, March 13, 2012 – Professional caregivers are pioneering a new breed of smart bed technology, with benefits including prevention of falls, elimination of pressure wounds, improved health management by caregivers and fewer sleep interruptions. According to a landmark pilot study conducted through Care Home By RNs using BAM Labs’ Touch-free Life Care (TLC) under-mattress smart bed system, senior residents were monitored for 60 days with no falls reported, no new pressure sore wounds, improved documentation of sleep patterns and continuous monitoring of motion and turning while in bed.
The smart bed pilot study gathered data on a variety of observable cases – bed-bound individuals requiring assistance to help prevent falls, residents with dementia requiring close monitoring and senior residents whose heart rate and respiratory rate trends allow caregivers to monitor reactions to new medication. View the pilot study, “Smart Beds Improve Quality of Care,” at http://www.bamlabs.com.
“The new generation of smart bed innovation pioneered by BAM Labs is showing tremendous promise for mobile monitoring of residents in senior care facilities,” said Ron Ordona, MSN, RN, BC, Board Certified Gerontology Nurse for Care Home By RNs and co-leader of the pilot study. “One of the most challenging aspects is taking care of residents who have some degree of dementia, and any attachment to them is a big challenge to keep on. So a smart bed system that does not require attaching wires to the senior is a big plus and an exciting new development.”
Continuous, touch-free monitoring using smart bed technology holds great potential particularly for prevention of falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of adults aged 65 and over experience one fall per year, and 40 percent of falls result in an emergency room visit. Expenditures related to such falls are anticipated to cost $43.8 billion by 2020.
“We are very pleased that the pilot study conducted through Care Home By RNs demonstrates the potential for the BAM TLC System to improve quality of life for our aging population,” said Rich Rifredi, CEO of BAM Labs. “Our FDA-registered smart bed system integrates an under-mattress bed sensor and HIPAA-compliant cloud monitoring platform that transforms any bed into a smart bed. This enables caregivers to help seniors enjoy better health and retain their independence. Every care facility can now easily and affordably implement smart bed technology.”
The BAM TLC System is a breakthrough in making smart bed technology available and affordable for use by any care facility – it costs just a few dollar day. The BAM TLC System uses a touch-free sensor placed under any bed mattress, which detects the person’s biometric signals without attaching anything to the body. It transmits that data to BAM’s secure cloud platform where it is analyzed for heart rate, breathing rate and movement. This data can be viewed on mobile devices and PCs or integrated in EMR/EHR systems to track health trends, manage chronic diseases, help prevents falls, inform rehabilitation programs and enable sleep analysis.
Conventional hospital beds equipped with remote monitoring capabilities are complex and cumbersome, and cost as much as $30,000, putting them out of reach for most senior living communities. Conventional patient monitors typically issue loud alerts and require connecting the person with intrusive wires. In early use at multiple residential care facilities, BAM Labs’ smart bed system has recorded more than 88 million biometric readings, monitored more than 22,000 sleep sessions and tracked more than 240,000 bed exits.
About BAM Labs
BAM Labs, a Silicon Valley company founded by Apple veterans, is the leading innovator in smart bed technology. BAM Labs’ Touch-free Life Care (TLC) smart bed sensor and HIPAA-compliant cloud monitoring platform transforms any bed into a smart bed to inform, manage and improve health. BAM’s FDA-registered smart bed system provides touch-free monitoring of vital sign trends and motion during rest. Benefits include reduced hospital readmissions, significant reduction in bed sore wounds, fall prevention, medication compliance, and early indication of sleep disorders. The BAM TLC smart bed system costs just a few dollars a day and is available through authorized distribution partners in the United States. Visit http://www.bamlabs.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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