Prevent Falls with Alarms and Sensors
Author: Nicholas Sutedja Date Posted:11 April 2019
As people grow older the more chances of having falls become more common due to an aging body. That is why preventing falls are important and we have written a couple of blogs on how to reduce personal and environmental risks of falls. However for those that tend to wander around unassisted you can help prevent them from falling with alarm and sensors.
The alarms are designed to work in conjunction with the sensors by connecting to it. Once connected and depending on which alarms you have the alarm will keep silent as long as there is pressure on the sensors.
However if the sensor detects that there is no pressure, meaning that someone has gotten up, and then an alarm will sound out to alert staff. Each alarm is different from one another in some aspects so its important to know which one will most suit your needs.
For example the Keepsafe Essential Alarm features not only just five alarm tones that you can adjust, but you can also include a pre-recorded voice message to personalise the alarm. Additionally it’s protected from falls and damages via an over moulded impact absorbing case, just like the other alarms.
All three of the alarms features a SUSPEND function allowing staff to silence the alarm without having to turn it off completely in scenarios where they have to assist patients with daily tasks. However the Keepsafe Deluxe Alarm has an additional HOLD feature which allows the patient to be away from the alarm without having to turn it off.
Another feature of these alarms is that there is a No Power Switch model, which means exactly as it says: the model has no power switch on it to eliminate the chances of a patient switching it off without staff knowing adding another security feature for these alarms.
Without the sensors the alarms won’t work. We stock a variety of alarms for a variety of scenarios. We have sensors for beds, chairs and even toilet sensors all of which allow for staff to know when someone gets up or walk around unattended.
The Floor Sensor Mat, however, works differently as it’s used to alert staff when someone falls out of their beds or tend to wander around as it will not sound the alarm if there is no pressure, but the moment it detects pressure it will sound the alarm. However the Floor Sensor Mat will only work with a couple of the alarms, however it’s useful to place on doorways or next to beds.
Additionally all sensors requires the alarm for it to work as the alarm connects to the sensor, which then allows it to know when pressure is on/off.
Although alarms and sensors are a great way to prevent falls from occurring in the first place there are other ways to both prevent and protect patients in the case of falls. We stock non-slip socks, hip protectors along with daily living aids and mobility equipment.
If you’re unsure of how to best help your patient then call one of our friendly sales consultants and they will be able to help you out.