Other systems only detect when an exit occurs or a fall has occurred whereas our system uses AI to recognize movements to predict a bed exit and preventive measures can be taken.
The Gabriel LifeGuard is a sheet that is placed under the mattress protective cover. It consists of a matrix of sensors placed on either side of a piezoresistive material. Weight on any sensor changes the resistance at that point.
Artificial Intelligence algorithms interpret changes to these pressure points and determine the position of the patient in the bed and what intent their movements indicate.
Once it recognises the beginning of a potential bed exit event, the system turns on the bedside light, tells the patient to remain in bed, and advises that help is coming. It then alerts the nurse or caregiver to come and assist the person.
All processing is carried out at the bedside providing a secure and private system that does not suffer from the latency of cloud based systems.
Alerts are sent via the Gabriel communications system to any number of devices including smartphones, Dect phones and pagers. In addition to alerting responders the system turns on the bedside and room lights and advises the patient to remain in bed as a nurse is on the way.
Logs are kept of activity and used to produce reports of activities such as the number of bed exits, duration of the exit and other relevant statistics which can be used to inform on other medical issues.
Falls and pressure injuries are an estimated $100B annual cost to the US health system.
This cost is borne by the hospitals and is not reimbursed by insurance companies or Medicare.
Gabriel LifeGuard recognises lack of movement in the bed and identifies areas of consistent pressure. We use this information to recognize potential pressure injury sites.
Research is underway using Gabriel LifeGuard to determine the timing of movement to prevent pressure injuries. The current method of using nurse rotation interval time to move patients has not prevented pressure injuries.
Scientific calculation of the optimum time to move patients will help alleviate pressure injuries.
When a patient has exceeded the prescribed time in a particular position, the system will tell them to roll over. If they fail to respond to the request a nurse will be advised to come and turn them.