PREEMPT Hospital Patient Monitor Begins Clinical Study

The negative consequences of immobility during hospitalization are numerous, profound, and well-documented, including pressure ulcer formation, longer lengths of stay, muscle weakness, increased risk of falls, loss of independence, and reduced quality of life.  Bed rest and inactivity accelerate the functional changes that are part of normal aging; the link between inactivity and adverse outcomes is increasingly appreciated by medical professionals, and the mobilization of patients is a critical aspect of patient care.

Barron Associates’ wireless Patient/Resident Mobility Tracker (PREEMPT) provides an effective, accurate, noninvasive, and practicable method for automatically documenting patient mobility, providing the desired activity and body posture information that is relevant in both hospital and senior care settings. The PREEMPT device has begun a clinical study to evaluate the accuracy of its activity, mobility, and posture tracking algorithms.