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SNF adopts pressure ulcer monitoring system

January 7, 2015
by Richard R. Rogoski
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Illinois-based Bridgemark Healthcare becomes the first skilled nursing provider in the nation to change its safety protocols by adopting the Leaf Patient Monitoring System to reduce pressure ulcers.

Bridgemark, which operates 10 long-term care facilities and four short-term rehabilitation centers, joins Chino Valley Medical Center in California and the Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center in Idaho, who adopted the system for acute care earlier this year.

The system uses a lightweight, wearable sensor that electronically monitors positions and movements, then sends that data wirelessly to a central monitoring station or mobile device. Alerts notify caregivers when to turn residents/patients in accordance with prescribed turning schedules.

"Pressure ulcers are a serious threat to both our short- and long-term care patients," said Bridgemark President Steve Miller in a press release. "[The] leading-edge technology optimizes our medical staff’s efforts to protect both our short-stay guests and our facility residents.”