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Palarum Announces US Veterans Affairs to Evaluate Use of 'Smart Patient Sock' to Reduce Patient Falls

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and Palarum, LLC, announced that they have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement Program (CRADA) to evaluate Palarum’s innovative e-wearable technology which...

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Evaluation of a Patient-Centered Fall-Prevention Tool Kit to Reduce Falls and Injuries

Falls represent a leading cause of preventable injury in hospitals and a frequently reported serious adverse event. Hospitalization is associated with an increased risk for falls and serious injuries including hip fractures, subdural hematomas, or even death...

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2020 Best Tech Startups in Lebanon

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Lebanon, Ohio. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

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No More Broken Hips: Can Palarum End Hospital Falls?

TechOhio, an online site that highlights Ohio entrepreneurs and innovators, featured Palarum’s PUP smart sock technology. A video demonstrating the wearable technology includes an interview Palarum founder Patrick Baker.

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Hospital Fall Data & Claims for Hospital Injuries 2019

Hospital falls are a serious problem throughout the United States. Accidental falls are one of the most common incidents reported in hospitals. Research and studies have concluded that hundreds of thousands of patients fall during hospital stays each year in the United States.

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Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Launches Palarum Smart Socks Study

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers – has begun an Institutional Review Board evaluation of Palarum’s new PUP® “smart” sock among “high fall-risk” patients.

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Tens of thousands of inpatients fall every year

Many patient falls result in moderate to severe injuries. View the video to learn out how the Center for Transforming Healthcare is working to increase safety among fall-risk patients.

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Hospital alarms prove a noisy misery for patients: ‘I feel like I’m in jail.’

The (Joint) commission has estimated that of the thousands of alarms going off throughout a hospital every day, an estimated 85 to 99 percent do not require clinical intervention. Staff, facing widespread “alarm fatigue,” can miss critical alerts, leading to patient deaths. Patients may get anxious about fluctuations in heart rate or blood pressure that are perfectly normal, the commission said.

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Important Facts about Falls

Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.

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Westchester Medical Center Health Network Urges Patients To Take Caution During Fall Prevention Awareness Month

Trips and slips are no laughing matter, as falls in the home are the number one reason for hospital visits nationwide. At Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center in the Hudson Valley, falls have been the most common injury-related hospitalization for a consecutive 15 years, making up more than 40 percent of all trauma admissions.

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Too much noise from hospital alarms poses risk for patients

The sheer number — several hundred alarms per patient per day — can cause alarm fatigue. Nurses and other workers, overwhelmed or desensitized by the constant barrage, sometimes respond by turning down the volume on the devices, shutting them off or simply ignoring them — actions that can have serious, potentially fatal, consequences.

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NCOA Falls Assessment

Falling is NOT a normal part of aging. There are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Answer 12 questions to learn more.

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PUP® Smart Socks Featured in 2018 PwC Health Research Institute Report

Palarum’s PUP Smart Patient Socks appear in the medical device section of the 2018 “Global top health industry issues: Defining the healthcare of the future” report published by PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute.

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NCOA Falls Prevention

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly—in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs, and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.

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Falls Cost U.S. Hospitals $34 billion in Direct Medical Costs

Falls are a common cause of injury, both within and outside of health care settings. According to the CDC, in 2013, falls among older adults cost the U.S. health care system $34 billion in direct medical costs.

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Researchers Find Worry Over Falls Among Elderly Leads to Action

Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every twenty minutes, an older adult dies from a fall-related trauma. Considering these statistics, it's understandable why the survey found that 54 percent of 1,900 U.S. adults are worried about an older parent falling, and why 81 percent of respondents expressed an interest in new sensor technology that can anticipate and prevent falls.

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