Eight months ago, Lourdes hospitals began using a unique patient monitoring device called the Leaf Patient Mobility Monitoring System with a goal of reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers, sometimes called bed sores, that occur at hospitals.
The Leaf Patient Monitoring System is a comprehensive, cost-effective, and clinically proven technology that helps dramatically reduce the risk of pressure injuries
Several presentations demonstrate the Leaf System's value in the fight against pressure injuries.
A large Randomized Controlled Trial finds that patients treated with Leaf were 73% less likely to develop a pressure injury.
A presentation at the Society for Technology in Anesthesia conference shows that managing IPI™ can effectively prevent pressure injuries in hospitalized patients.
Patient turn protocol adherence increases at hospitals using Leaf System.
Pressure injury rates significantly decrease after Leaf implementation.
Continuous patient monitoring may enable nursing staff to better individualize patient care.
The study uses the novel Leaf Patient Monitoring System to assess mobility.
Leaf is recognized for its innovative tools, deep roots in medical technology and understanding that healthcare requires specialized technology, not simply adaptations of consumer products.
New technology to monitor patient mobility will help physicians and nurses improve clinical outcomes.
The agreement supports Smith & Nephew's strategic priority to innovate for value by delivering solutions that help healthcare professionals better improve the life of their patients.
Leaf's wearable sensor-based system will accurately monitor and document patient progress through early mobility protocols.
Digital Health Summit remarks emphasize wearable technology enables efficiency, better care.
Frost & Sullivan recognizes Leaf with its 2016 Pressure Ulcer Prevention New Product Innovation Award.
Leaf Healthcare, designated 'Wearable Tech Hero,' to be featured at Wearable Tech Innovation World Cup in Munich.
Leaf technology utilized to ensure and document compliance to patient turning protocols.
Leaf Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Barrett Larson to speak at Wearable Technologies Conference.
Labor and Delivery room deployment expands DVMC use of Leaf devices.
DVMC is the second Prime Healthcare Hospital to adopt Leaf devices.
Leaf's wireless monitor can help clinicians prevent costly, life-threatening pressure ulcers.
Truven Top-100 teaching hospital is first to adapt patient safety procedures to require the use of Leaf devices across the institution.
Leaf Healthcare, Inc. releases key steps based on recently issued guidelines from National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel.
ANCC Magnet Conference presentation suggests sensor may be key weapon in health care's war on costly, painful medical errors.
Thomas R. Lamont will counsel company on strategy, business and government affairs.
Leaf Healthcare co-founder Barrett Larson to speak at MedX Conference on September 6.
Leaf Healthcare, Inc. announced today it has joined the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP).
El Camino Hospital, a leader in the use of technology to improve patient care, is utilizing the Leaf Patient Monitoring system to help prevent hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by monitoring the position and movement of patients susceptible to bed sores.
To address the need for improved pressure ulcer prevention and treatments, El Camino Hospital today announced their participation in a pilot program of the Leaf Patient Monitor, a system that wirelessly monitors in real-time, the position, movement and activity of patients susceptible to pressure ulcers (bed sores) and alerts staff when that movement deviates from individual turn-management protocols set by healthcare providers.
Leaf Healthcare receives clearance by FDA 510(k) to market a system that aids in the prevention of pressure ulcers.
Complications arising from immobility are a leading threat to quality healthcare worldwide. Hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPI's), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and muscular atrophy (Falls) are just some of the many mobility-related complications posing a tremendous concern of medical providers. Frost & Sullivan feels that the medical device providers that are able to provide accurate, automatic and user-friendly patient mobility monitoring that improves both clinical and financial outcomes will provide tremendous value.
Researchers at Stanford Health Care looked at whether a wearable patient sensor could improve patient outcomes. Published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the study, "Effect of a wearable patient sensor on care delivery for preventing pressure injuries in acutely ill adults: A pragmatic randomized clinical trial (LS-HAPI study)," found that patients randomized to be treated by Leaf Healthcare's sensor were 73% less likely to develop a pressure injury.
"While we have made great strides, we continually look for new ways to prevent pressure ulcers," said Alan Pope, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Lourdes Health System. "We believe this innovative technology will help decrease the incidence of pressure ulcers, ultimately helping improve patient-centered care."
Current labor-intensive approaches to monitoring patient mobility is time consuming, inefficient and often impossible for busy staff. What nurses tell us is that they want a patient monitoring system that automatically monitors and documents mobility and alerts them when necessary so they can more easily identify and focus on the patients who need the help.
Despite healthcare's push to leverage the power of technology, patient mobility is still monitored in an old-fashioned manner—we use outdated, inefficient, and unreliable techniques. Given the clinical implications of patient mobility, we need more effective tools to manage this important metric.
The system is specifically designed to monitor hospital patients, including those with impaired mobility or who are bedridden. It uses a wearable wireless sensor to monitor patients throughout the mobility continuum.
Leaf's technology platform intelligently coordinates patient mobility protocols, improves nursing workflow and helps ensure that all patients meet their prescribed mobility goals. See page 15 and page 26 in our online magazine.
The serious complications associated with patient immobility are well established. By ensuring adequate mobilization throughout all phases of care, most of these complications can be prevented.
An international jury of the WT Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup has selected Leaf Healthcare for recognition from among more than 450 wearable solutions.
ECRI Institute again presents its Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List. It includes both technologies and critical technology use issues that we think should be on your radar. This 2016 edition covers a lot of territory from cybersecurity of medical devices to wireless pacemakers and wearable sensors for disease management.
The cost of hospital acquired pressure ulcers just went up. In December 2014, Medicare announced it is reducing 2015 reimbursements to 721 hospitals that have the highest rates of hospital-acquired medical complications (HACs) like pressure ulcers. The sanctions are expected to reach $330 million, an average of more than $450,000 for each hospital penalized.
In an effort to reduce hospital acquired pressure ulcers in high risk patients, a teaching hospital now requires the use of a new wearable sensor that monitors patient position and activity as part of its patient safety protocols.
A recent Quality Improvement initiative introduced at the Veterans Administration Boise Medical Center found the Leaf Patient Monitoring System to be the first practical technology that improves both patient care and system efficiency by monitoring and coordinating patient turning.
The Leaf turn management software allows you to see the patient location, time of last turn, the patient's current position and more. The data is easy to read and color coded so that caregivers can quickly identify the patients who need assisted turns. Better yet, the Leaf patient worn sensor also senses when patients adequately turn themselves, which increases efficiency by eliminating unnecessary staff assisted turns.
In the absence of comprehensive studies to determine how relatively minor bedsores become life-threatening pressure ulcers, this new technology offers an enormous leap forward in patient care because it enables clinicians to monitor patients at all risk levels and stop relying on easily misinterpreted medical guidelines that healthcare has relied on since the Braden Scale was introduced in 1987.
A California hospital has begun requiring certain patients to use a wearable remote monitoring device as part of its internal safety protocols.
Leaf tracking reduces the resource burden required for patient turning by roughly 80 percent without compromising care or pressure ulcer prevention efforts. That ensures we provide the highest quality care, while allowing us to contain costs.
A California hospital has begun requiring certain patients use a wearable remote patient monitoring device in order to comply with internal patient safety protocols. Chino Valley Medical Center is employing the Leaf Patient Monitoring System from Pleasanton-based Leaf Healthcare. The sensor monitors patient movement in bed, then uses that data to calculate when the patient needs to be turned to prevent the formation of pressure ulcers.
Chino Valley Medical Center is the first hospital to write a requirement for use of the Leaf Patient Monitoring System to prevent pressure ulcers into its patient safety protocols. The Pleasanton, CA-based, teaching hospital is requiring the use of the adhesive, wireless sensors from Leaf Healthcare to help ensure that its at-risk patients are turned frequently enough by hospital staff to prevent the common problem.
In an example of how new sensor technology can make an impact on patient care, a Veterans Affairs quality improvement project found that a novel, wearable patient sensor from Leaf Healthcare helps medical professionals improve pressure ulcer prevention efforts.
A new wireless, disposable sensor can help long-term care and hospital administrators prevent bedsores. Also known as pressure ulcers, these are a pernicious problem for the U.S. healthcare system — an estimated 2.5 million patients in the U.S. get the painful sores that can result in further complications but are preventable with proper care.
I believe the real breakthrough application for wearables is in the patient-care environment, where this technology can help improve diagnostic capabilities and therapeutic outcomes.
About six years ago, I embarked on a journey to help prevent hospital-acquired pressure ulcers using wearable technology. I first learned about this problem as a medical student, when I witnessed a patient almost die from an infected pressure ulcer. I couldn't believe that a pressure ulcer, a bedsore, was capable of threatening someone's life, so I teamed up with a fellow medical student, Daniel Shen, to try to revolutionize pressure ulcer prevention.
Leaf Healthcare Inc. is betting that caregivers of bedridden patients at risk of developing pressure ulcers will be willing to follow a turn protocol based on feedback from the Leaf Patient Monitor. The disposable, wearable, wireless patient sensor monitors patient orientation, so that patients can be turned properly every two hours, day and night, during their stay.
Quality health care delivery has never been more achievable. Our knowledge of human physiology, diagnosing and treating disease is comprehensive. The armamentarium of diagnostic tools, therapeutic modalities and patient monitoring capabilities is considerable. So why do adverse and sentinel events continue to plague health care delivery?
Leaf Healthcare, Inc.