Pleasanton, Calif. (August 14, 2018) — Leaf Healthcare, maker of innovative patient monitoring technology, announced today that its wireless patient-wearable has been used to track the mobility of more than 20,000 patients for more than 1.8 million hours and has helped health care facilities reduce the number of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by an average of 73%.
The Leaf System has been deployed in healthcare facilities across the United States since 2014. Approximately 65% of deployments have been in critical care settings; 30% have been med-surge and the rest have been in telemetry units or long-term care settings.
"Clinicians quickly recognize the benefits provided by the Leaf System," said Barrett Larson, Leaf CEO and co-founder. "Adoption of Leaf leads to immediate, significant, and sustained reductions in rates of hospital-acquired pressure injuries. Leaf has been shown to be highly effective in both real-world clinical environments and rigorous research settings. Leaf is a safer, smarter solution to pressure injury prevention."
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has determined that pressure injuries are the fastest-growing hospital-acquired condition (HAC) in the country. A new report by the agency shows that, while the number of HACs has declined by 8% overall, the number of pressure injuries has risen by 10%. Pressure injuries affect more than 2.5 million patients a year and add more than $11 billion to annual U.S. healthcare costs.
The Leaf System is the first FDA-cleared medical technology that continuously monitors the activity and position of patients to help identify those that could benefit from repositioning. Studies have shown that patients protected by Leaf are much less likely to develop pressure injuries.
The innovative Leaf System tracks patient movement and activity in bed-bound, chair-bound, and ambulatory patients. Several studies have shown the Leaf System improves patient turning and mobility, reduces pressure injury rates, helps nurses prioritize patient care, improves unit workflow, and saves hospitals non-reimbursed costs associated with the treatment of pressure injuries, as well as rental bed costs.
Leaf Healthcare is a medical technology company dedicated to preventing hospital-acquired pressure injuries/ulcers and other immobility-related complications, which are some of the most common and costly hospital-acquired conditions. Several studies have shown that the FDA-cleared Leaf Patient Monitoring System is a powerful tool that reduces hospital-acquired pressure injuries/ulcers, allows providers to prioritize care, and helps provide a safer environment for patients. The Leaf System is available through Leaf Healthcare and Smith & Nephew.
To learn more, visit www.leafhealthcare.com.
Leaf Healthcare, Inc.