3D cameras help reduce number of patient falls

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, between 700,000 and 1 million patients fall in hospitals each year.

Between 30% and 50% of those falls result injuries, costing hospitals an average of $13,000 dollars per case, which is why Ocuvera is using 3D cameras to help both hospitals and patients. The technology helps hospitals predict unattended bed exits; therefore preventing falls.

"They have a predictability in it that once it identifies that the patient is demonstrating movement that they're attempting to get out of the bed without assistance that actually sets off an alarm," explained Christie Bartelt, nurse manager for Bryan Rehabilitation.

According to Bartelt, traditional alarms often found in hospitals beds are weight-based, setting off the alarm anytime the patient moves and sometimes it's too late.

Bartelt said, "I don't have an advance warning and I don't have any way to see in the room." She continued, "all I can respond to is the noise i hear of the alarm going off."

With Ocuvera health cameras, nurses not only get an alarm at both the nurses station and on the portable phones, but they can also see when a patient is attempting to get up. Therefore, they can get in the room before the patient falls.

Bryan health in Lincoln, one of the first to get the technology, has cameras setup above patient beds in the rehabilitation unit reducing bed exit falls by about 50%.