Phoebe introduces new monitoring device to prevent patient falls

Phoebe introduces new monitoring device to prevent patient falls
Phoebe Putney Hospital now has new technology that prevents patients from getting injured while in their care. (Source: WALB)
In January, the hospital introduced a mobile device that allows medical staff to both observe and talk with patients who are at a high risk of falling. (Source: WALB)
In January, the hospital introduced a mobile device that allows medical staff to both observe and talk with patients who are at a high risk of falling. (Source: WALB)
Phoebe Central Staff Nurse Manager, April Little (Source: WALB)
Phoebe Central Staff Nurse Manager, April Little (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Hospital now has new technology that prevents patients from getting injured while in their care.

In January, the hospital introduced a mobile device that allows medical staff to both observe and talk with patients who are at a high risk of falling.

The device is equipped with an infrared camera and two-way audio.

It's been installed in 12 patients' rooms, ranging from ages 60 to 75.

Trained staff monitor live feeds from those rooms 24 hours a day.

Staff said the cameras do not record and there are privacy options.

"The privacy is very important to our patients and their privacy is always protected. We have a privacy screen that we can set at any time if there's a physician in the room or if the family needs that privacy," explained Phoebe Central Staff Nurse Manager April Little.

Phoebe is the only hospital outside of Atlanta with a mobile monitoring device, that alerts staff when patients are in danger of injuring themselves.

So far, trained observers say they have prevented more than 300 potential falls.

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