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Study: PUP Fall-Prevention System reduces falls by more than 90%

PUPsocksAn eight-month functionality and utility study of Palarum LLC’s IoT fall-prevention system PUP (the Patient is Up), conducted at a 50-bed acute care hospital in Ohio in 2017, demonstrated a greater than 90 percent reduction in patient falls. Over the study period, the fall rate was 0.00/1,000 patient days (0 falls) when the PUP patient smart sock was used as an adjunct to existing fall-prevention interventions. A comparable patient population using existing fall-prevention interventions alone experienced a fall rate of 4.51/1,000 patient days (11 falls) during the same time period.

Founded in 2016 by the former chief nursing officer of a large community hospital in Lebanon, Ohio, Palarum created the revolutionary PUP smart sock that incorporates patented technologies woven into conductive fabric, enabling real-time monitoring to prevent patient falls and enhance physical therapy and rehabilitation. PUP, the most technologically advanced, nurse-centric, patient mobility system in healthcare, improves patient safety by greatly reducing injuries from falls; significantly reduces costs related to falls; decreases alarm fatigue through a smart notification system; and generates critical new data to enhance facility operations. PUP is designed for acute care hospitals, as well as facilities for rehabilitation, long-term care and physical therapy.

“We are encouraged that the results of the study underscored our belief that PUP is a superior approach to reducing patient falls among high-risk patients, improving patient safety, reducing costs associated with falls and related injuries, and enhancing the overall hospital experience for patients, their families and caregivers,” said Patrick Baker, Palarum CEO.

Hospitals across the country are aggressively pursuing efforts to reduce patient falls. The Joint Commission estimates that hundreds of thousands of patients fall in hospitals each year, with 30 to 50 percent of falls resulting in injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the direct medical costs for fall injuries for U.S. patients ages 65 or older are $34 billion annually, with hospital costs accounting for two-thirds of the total. In October 2008, Medicare stopped reimbursing U.S. hospitals for the treatment of fall injuries occurring during patients’ stays if the falls were considered preventable. Additional third-party payers have adopted similar policies.

“Based on this initial effectiveness study of PUP, we plan to conduct a group randomized interventional study in a major Midwest academic medical center beginning in the first quarter of 2018,” said Baker. “The study’s goal will be to validate the results of this pilot study.”