The key to averting a medical crisis lays in detecting warning signs early
enough to act timely and effectively. The US Joint Commission reports
that many critical inpatient events are preceded by six to eight hours of
warning signs. However, patients today are left on their own for more
extended periods of time due to the aging population and the caregiverto-
patient ratio that is constantly becoming more challenging.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement reports that an annual
five million lives in the U.S. alone could be saved if existing patient
supervision levels improved. To this end, EarlySense is developing a
pioneering technology designed to advance proactive and preventive
patient supervision. The company’s flagship product, EverOn, is a
contact-free system that continuously measures patient parameters
from under the mattress on which the patient is lying. There are no
electrodes to connect to the patient, who has complete freedom of
movement and need not suffer from any irritating attachments. EverOn
measures heart and respiration rates as well as bed entries and exits,
patient movement and quality of sleep. It is intended to identify and alert
medical staff to patient deterioration before a critical event arises.
The introduction of Everon promises to revolutionize patient safety in
hospitals, nursing homes and private homes. This smart supervision
system is also highly likely to increase clinical team efficiency, to decrease
healthcare expenditures and render patients more comfortable and
confident with the treatment they receive.