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Our pressure sensitive chair pads and bed pads alert you when a
resident gets up. Use with exit alarms (fall alarms) to prevent falls.
Falls can be prevented through the use of various fall prevention alarms, exit alarms and other fall prevention devices.
Because of multiple chronic diseases and resulting mobility impairments, some patients/ residents may be so frail that they are at risk of falling by merely getting out of their bed, chair or wheelchair. As a result, these patients/residents often require staff assistance. Exit alarms are designed to warn nursing staff that patients/residents who should not be attempting to leave their bed, chair or wheelchair unassisted are doing so. A variety of exit alarmsare available:
Pull-cord and combination alarms
These exit alarms are activated by pulling a detachable tab from the unit. They consist of a small box that is attached to the bed, chair or wheelchair and a clip that attaches to the patient's/residents clothing. When the patient/resident gets up, the tab detaches from the box, sounding the alarm.
These consist of pads, mats or other devices that are placed on the bed, chair or wheelchair. They sense changes in weight and pressure. If the patient/resident gets up, the alarm sounds.
- Pressure-sensitive mats
This exit alarm consists of a pad or mat that sounds when stepped on. Placed on the floor by the side of the bed or in front of a chair, the exit alarm is triggered when a patient/resident places his foot on the pad in an attempt to get up.
- Posture Indicator alarm
This consists of a small adhesive transmitter patch, which is applied to the patient's/residents upper leg, and a receiver alarm box. When the patient/resident tries to get up from bed, chair, wheelchair or toilet without assistance, the transmitter patch shifts from the horizontal to the vertical position, sounding the alarm.
Exit Alarm Criteria
An exit alarm is most effective at preventing fallswhen used for specific situations:
Exit alarms can be very useful in preventing falls, especially in seniors and frail patients.
Posted October 2005
Last Updated October 2009