Transition to new sensor pads and fall alarms begins the first week of August
The Inpatient Falls Committee is pleased to announce that, as of the first week in August, we will be transitioning from the use of the Posey chair alarm pads to the DeRoyal one person sensory chair pads and wall mounted chair alarms. There are multiple benefits of this new pad and alarm including the following:
- -Connects to Nurse Call system
- -Care Give Key: allows only the clinician to reset the monitor so that patients and family members cannot tamper with the device
- -One person use chair pads to decrease potential of infection
- -Pad lost indicator light
- -Wall mounted on most units which will prevent “walking” or lost alarms
- -Alarm operates off the wall outlet, eliminating the need for battery changes
A pilot study of the new alarms and chair pad sensors was conducted on the Special Care Unit between April 25 and May 9. The primary objectives of this study were to evaluate staff satisfaction with the quality of the fall alarm, chair pad sensor, and connectivity to our nurse call system. The study found that nurses were overall very satisfied with all components tested — the alarm, chair pad sensor, and connectivity to the nurse call system. As a result of this study, the decision was made to purchase the DeRoyal sensory pads and chair alarms.
The chair pads and alarms will be used on all adult inpatient units, including the Adult ED and the Observation Unit. The fall alarms will be mounted to the walls on all adult inpatient units, Adult ED, and Observation unit. The alarms will not be mounted on the walls on Labor and Delivery, Mother Baby, and WSU but will be available on the unit for use as needed.
The plans for education is as follows:
Please contact Cathaleen Ley, PhD, RN, for any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.