QUMEA reduces falls in Swedish hospitals by 67 percent
03 October 2023 10:41
The early warning system for the prevention of falls in hospitals developed by the digital health company QUMEA has recently been tested for the first time in Sweden as well. According to a press release issued by QUMEA, the analyses carried out by Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Södra Älvsborg Hospital show that the number of falls recorded during the eight-week test period fell by 67 percent.
The QUMEA system, which is already being deployed with success in several European countries, uses algorithms developed on the basis of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to interpret the signals from a radar sensor that records a patient’s movements throughout a whole room. If a patient at risk of falling tries to get out of bed, medical staff are immediately informed so that they can intervene preventively and supportively. The palm-sized radar sensor can be affixed to the ceiling to communicate with medical staff via a smartphone app or the patient call system.
“Our primary goal was to reduce the number of falls”, as Terese Dalåsen, Project Manager at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, explains in the press release, “especially since we had fatal falls, and the results were very encouraging”. Another benefit highlighted by Dalåsen is that system does not “record video and audio and is 100 percent anonymous”.
Furthermore, according to Micha Kämpfer, Vice President Nordics at QUMEA, the system also helps to identify and reduce pressure ulcers, “which can also cause significant suffering for patients and demand extensive care”. ce/mm