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Medicine X Attendees to Learn How New Wearable Technology Can Help Medical Professionals Prevent Pressure Ulcers
Date:9/3/2014

PLEASANTON, Calif., Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time a new, wearable technology promises to help medical personnel prevent pressure ulcers by monitoring patient movement and alerting caregivers when patients susceptible to pressure ulcers need to be turned.

At the 2014 Medicine X Conference, Dr. Barrett Larson will discuss a novel monitoring system that can help eliminate hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.  Medicine X showcases new emerging technologies that have the potential to transform medicine.   

"Pressure ulcers are very expensive to treat and they pose a huge burden to our healthcare system," Larson said.  "Each year, we spend over $9 billion treating pressure ulcers – more than we spend treating influenza[i].  And, since pressure ulcers are considered preventable, these treatment costs are not reimbursable."

Larson's presentation will review traditional pressure ulcer prevention strategies and highlight new opportunities for improvement.   The standard pressure ulcer prevention method – manually turning patients every two hours – has a low compliance rate of 66 percent[ii], creating a high risk to susceptible patients. Given the limitations, Dr. Larson and his colleague Daniel Shen developed a technology solution designed to improve nursing efficiency and patient care.  

Larson became aware of the pernicious problem of pressure ulcers when he was in medical school at Stanford University and saw a patient whose life was threatened by an infected pressure ulcer.    Larson teamed up with fellow medical student Daniel Shen and together the two young physicians set out to use innovative technology to help prevent pressure ulcers. 

Their solution was the Leaf Patient Monitoring System, a wireless, single-use,
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