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Hoana Medical, Inc. Partners With Kahala Nui to Improve Patient Safety
Date:8/13/2008

Leading Assisted Living Center Embraces Cutting-Edge Patient Safety

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HONOLULU, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Hoana Medical, Inc. announced a partnership with Kahala Nui, a Life Care Retirement Community in Honolulu, Hawai'i, to deliver cutting-edge vigilance technology to patients and residents at their onsite Hi'olani Care Center. Kahala Nui joins a list of progressive healthcare facilities by providing the LifeBed(TM) Patient Vigilance System (LifeBed) technology that tracks a patient's or residents' vital signs, while minimizing the risk of falling out of bed, a major health risk with elderly patients. The LifeBed identifies patients as they begin to deteriorate and immediately notifies the nursing staff -- all invisible to the patient since there is no physical connection to the patient whatsoever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year, an average nursing home with 100 beds reports 100 to 200 falls. About 1,800 older adults living in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries. Those who experience non-fatal falls can suffer injuries, have difficulty getting around, and have a reduced quality of life. About one out of five hip fracture patients dies within a year of their injury. Early recognition of fall risk, and instituting methods to prevent falls, are key components of a successful fall prevention and management strategy. Hoana's technology, which transforms any bed into a LifeBed, has been shown to successfully reduce hospital falls by over 90%.

"This partnership is a tremendous testament to the progressive leadership at Kahala Nui," said Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Ph.D. and chief executive officer of Hoana Medical. "Our experience shows that something as simple as finding patients in trouble early makes an enormous difference in their outcome, especially to patients that are elderly, frail, or slower to recover due to age. Providing 24-hour vigilance to the residents at Kahala Nui marks an important step toward ensuring that our elders receive the best care possible. Kahala Nui joins a growing legion of visionary leaders dedicated to patient safety that have adopted the LifeBed, delivering hundreds of patient interventions and changing lives. Using something as simple as the LifeBed to find patients in trouble is clearly enhancing the effectiveness of rapid response teams and falls management programs nationwide -- it's the missing link to solving an enormous problem that touches one-in-four Americans each year. We enjoy partnering with organizations like Kahala Nui that can also benefit from upcoming LifeBed features, like pressure sore management, since pressure sores also pose significant health risks to our elderly."

"This will be a pilot to test the application of the LifeBed in a skilled nursing setting," said Marilyn Israel, executive director of Kahala Nui. "The fact is that falls are an issue for seniors nationwide. We are pleased to take this proactive step to incorporate the latest technologies and ensure the best care for our residents."

Falls can be deadly to frail elders -- preventing them is a critical step toward ensuring the health and well-being of our elders. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a 10 percent decrease in falls translates into about 1,800 fewer injuries, less discomfort and disability for the elderly, and about $21 million less in health care costs in the region where the interventions took place. Nationwide, there are more than 1.9 million elderly people living in nursing homes. The CDC also states that as many as 370,000 elderly living in nursing homes will die from falls each year, resulting in a cost of more than $1 billion for treatment of falls alone.

The LifeBed has experience on more than 15,000 acute-care medical-surgical patients around the country, or more than 1.5 million patient hours, and has shown that errors and accidents don't discriminate between social or economic classes; it can happen to anybody, anywhere.

Additionally, recent studies show respiratory function is the leading indicator of pending patient distress. The Joint Commission wrote that "4 to 17 percent of inpatient admissions have critical events such as cardiopulmonary and respiratory arrests and vital sign changes, with warning signs preceding events by an average of 6 to 8 hours" (Joint Commission, 2007).

LifeBed can alert nurses immediately to changes in a patient's condition.

About Kahala Nui Life Care Center

Kahala Nui is a senior living community in the State of Hawai'i that offers the Life Care concept. Life Care is a lifestyle and health care program designed to enhance and promote mental, physical and spiritual wellness throughout life. Kahala Nui community members in the Kahala Nui Life Care Program are entitled to lifetime use of their apartment and priority access to assisted living, memory support, and nursing care.

About Hoana Medical, Inc.

Launched in 2002, Hoana Medical, Inc. is the world's leading healthcare company focused on "Intelligent Medical Vigilance" in acute care hospitals where approximately 200,000 people die from errors and mistakes. Its first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared offering, the LifeBed(TM) Patient Vigilance System ("LifeBed"), transforms any hospital bed into a LifeBed(TM) System by tracking a patient's vital signs without any wires or connections to the patient. At the intersection between information technology and medical devices, the LifeBed(TM) System acts like another set of eyes for the nurse and alerts if a patient is in trouble. It delivers "vigilance" in an un-tethered and invisible manner, however, if the patient is in trouble, the LifeBed(TM) System calls for help. Experience on more than 15,000 individual hospital patients around the U.S. has yielded dramatic stories of nurses intervening to save a patient's life. Hoana is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information, please visit http://www.hoana.com.


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