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Hoana Medical Expands Partnership With The Queen's Medical Center to Improve Patient Safety
Date:8/5/2008

is not enough -- early recognition of these patients in distress is the key to saving lives and Queen's has always been a leader in this area."

Hoana's LifeBed(TM) Patient Vigilance System identifies patients as they begin to deteriorate and immediately notifies the hospital nursing staff -- all invisible to the patient since there is no physical connection to the patient whatsoever. 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.

"Our experience shows that something as simple as finding patients in trouble early makes an enormous difference in their outcome. Using something as simple as the LifeBed to find patients in trouble on the general ward is clearly enhancing the effectiveness of rapid response teams nationwide -- it's the missing link to solving an enormous problem that touches one-in-four Americans each year," said Dr. Sullivan.

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).

With nearly 40 percent of all unexpected hospital deaths occurring on the medical-surgical floor, continuous patient vigilance is a rapidly growing trend. Hospitals across the country are working to implement solutions that meet the Joint Commission's patient safety goals for 2009, while enhancing nurse and patient satisfaction. With most medical facilities around the country looking for ways to improve patient safety and satisfaction, the LifeBed represents new technology that will enhance the standard of care on the general care floo
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