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.