Pleasanton, Calif. (November 20, 2014) In support of World Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, Leaf Healthcare, Inc. today released seven key steps clinicians might use to help prevent pressure ulcers, as recommended by recently released guidelines from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP):
For a copy of this seven-step document, visit:
For 2014 NPUAP Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Guidelines, visit:
Institution-acquired pressure ulcers are a leading threat to modern quality healthcare. Research by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that pressure ulcers cost the nation's healthcare system more than $11 billion a year. The condition is both excruciatingly painful for patients and costly for providers since it is considered preventable and, therefore, does not qualify for reimbursement by government and other payers.
The Leaf system is comprised of a small, lightweight, wearable sensor that electronically monitors a patient's position and movements. Data collected by the sensor is communicated wirelessly to central monitoring stations or mobile devices so that caregivers can check on patient position and movement. The system provides alerts when necessary to ensure that all patients wearing a Leaf Sensor are repositioned according to their prescribed turning schedules to reduce incidence of pressure ulcers. The device has been cleared for sale by FDA 510(k).
Leaf Healthcare creates wireless patient monitoring solutions for healthcare providers seeking efficient, cost effective ways to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. Its patient monitoring system wirelessly monitors a patient's position and movement and uses that data to automate and document mobility protocols for patients. The company plans to incorporate more monitoring features and capabilities into its technology platform, enabling ever-broader improvements to patient safety, clinical efficiency and patient outcomes. To learn more, visit www.leafhealthcare.com
Leaf Healthcare, Inc.