Enhancing Patient Safety
Each year, about 700,000 to 1,000,000 patients in the US fall during their hospital stay. Injuries from falls, including fractures, lacerations, and/or internal bleeding, lead to incremental – and often uncovered – health care costs. An estimated one-third of falls are also preventable. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
Nurse-centric User Experience
Palarum’s PUPTM smart socks are the most advanced patient mobility monitoring system in healthcare. Using wireless, Bluetooth, wearable technology, the PUP system immediately alerts nurses that a patient is out of bed, walking unassisted, and at risk of falling.
Battery-powered PUP socks are designed with eTextile fabric. Embedded in the Nylon threads of the sock are conductive metal particles and elastomers. When a patient is on foot and unattended, the sock “beacon” system notifies nurses via a proprietary PUP smart watch and tablet computers. The reusable PUP socks can also undergo 80 washing machine cycles.
Applications for Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, and Long-term Care
In addition to preventing falls, PUP smart sock technology can serve rehabilitation, physical therapy, and long-term care facilities which aim to promote and improve patient mobility.