A wireless sensor installed next to the patient will indicate to the healthcare professional if there is a risk of falling and the right moment to reposition the person in bed, thus avoiding injuries and giving more safety to care. The initiative consists of an innovative pilot project that will be developed at the Hospital de Pronto Socorro in Porto Alegre from June to December, in partnership with Intellectos Centro de Pesquisa e Inovação and the startup Stakecare. The launch took place at an event on Wednesday evening, the 18th, at the Instituto Caldeira, Navegantes neighborhood, as part of the Nursing Week program. The event had a special participation by André Damasceno and a dynamic with the Quiróz Brothers.
City Health Secretary Mauro Sparta hailed the use of advanced technologies in healthcare. “It is a pleasure to see that new technologies are at the service of people, enabling safer care for patients and professionals,” the official said. HPS chief executive Tatiana Breyer says the teams are very optimistic. “We are convinced that the device will facilitate nursing care and patient management, reducing complications during hospitalization, particularly in two risk factors, falls and pressure sores”, he underlined, betting on an even more qualified care line.
“The Stakecare sensor consists of a patient-connected device with monitoring performed via an app, which can be installed on smartphones and tablets with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth access,” explained Stakecare CEO Delmonte Friedrich. Using the device’s motion sensor, the healthcare professional can monitor how the patient moves in bed. “On the dashboard, the avatar and the movements of the user appear in real time, with the possibility of adjusting the types of safe movements”, he comments. The hardware also tracks prescribed medications and dosages, given schedules, body temperature, oximetry, and heart rate.
For six months, evaluations will be conducted based on the use of the new device in patients on the hospital’s second floor inpatient unit. “Based on the analysis of the results, we will assess the benefits for patients of using the new technology, with the possibility of extending it to other hospital inpatient units”, explains the director of nursing, Gladis Jung.
Also participating in the opening table were the Deputy Secretary of Health, Richard Dias, the representative of the RS Development Department and Technical Director of Sedec, Roger da Rocha Pozzi, the Executive Director of Instituto Caldeira, Pedro Valério, the Director nurse, nurse Renata Brasil, the president of the Intellectos Center for Research and Innovation, Simone Tartari, the director of Intellecto, André Guedes, and the technical director of Stakecare, Nazareno Fernandes.
The fall is one of the most concerning events in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the second leading cause of death from accidental or unintentional injury: 646,000 people die from falls, with a concentration among people aged 65 and over. .