SAFE Installed at Lancaster Royal Infirmary Ahead of Ground-breaking Trial

Rinicare’s revolutionary falls prevention system, SAFE, has been installed at Lancaster Royal Infirmary ahead of its clinical trial. SAFE is designed to analyse a patient’s position within a bed and alert nearby clinicians if there is deemed to be the danger of a fall. SAFE utilises the latest thermal imaging technology to not only create an accurate image but also to protect a patient’s dignity and privacy.

Margaret Cooper, Associate Director of Research and Innovation at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said “We are very excited to work together with Rinicare on the SAFE project. We believe it has the potential to improve patient safety and reduce the number of fall events.”

NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has recently advised that falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people. People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling, with 30% of people older than 65 and 50% of people older than 80 falling at least once a year. The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality. Falling also affects the family members and carers of people who fall. Falls are estimated to cost the NHS more than £2.3 billion per year - therefore falling has an impact on quality of life, health and healthcare costs.

The full SAFE clinical trial is expected to begin on 19th September 2018 and will collect data over the next year. Rinicare aims to prove a reduction in the number of in-patient falls – something which has been targeted by the NHS as an area for significant improvement. By reducing falls the NHS would not only improve patient outcomes but also reduce the significant strain on NHS resources.

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