Solving A Potentially Deadly Issue In Bed

It's one of the worst side effects from being in bed at home or in the hospital. 

A wireless hand held scanner is able to detect bedsores developing under the skin earlier before you can see the bedsores on the surface of the skin.

This gives clinicians an alert that enables them to intervene early and reverse damage before the sores break thru the skin and turn potentially deadly.

In fact, these skin ulcers can lead to complications and infection that kill more people every year than any form of cancer except lung cancer.

In addition to the loss of life, it costs 11 billion dollars a year in health care costs.

Bruin Biometrics is trying to get approval by the FDA to market the device in the U-S. 

It's already available in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada.

A study involved more than 180 patients at risk for bedsores at 12 hospital, nursing homes and long term rehab centers in the U-s and United Kingdom.

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A wireless handheld scanner detected bedsores developing under the skin earlier than visual inspection of the surface of the skin. 

This gives clinicians an "alert" that enables them to intervene early and reverse damage before the sores break through the skin and turn potentially deadly, researchers have found.The pivotal study involved 182 patients at risk for bedsores at 12 hospitals, nursing home and long-term rehabilitation centers in the United States and the United Kingdom -- the first large-scale study of the scanner to be conducted simultaneously in both countries, according to Bruin Biometrics ("BBI, LLC"), which developed the device, known as the SEM Scanner. 

BBI included the study findings in a filing to the U.S. Food And Drug Administration for approval to market the device in the U.S. 

 SEM Scanner is currently available in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada.Bedsores (or "pressure ulcers") can lead to pain, disfigurement, infection and deadly complications that kill more people annually than any form of cancer except lung cancer at a total annual cost of $11B to the U.S. economy. 

The sores result from pressure involving shear and/or friction causing localized damage to the skin and underlying tissue, usually around areas of bony prominence -- such as the vertebra, tailbone, heels, and hips.

In the new study, investigators conducting daily visual skin assessments and scans for up to twenty days found that the SEM Scanner detects pressure damage to skin earlier than visual skin evaluation by nurses.

Having a lead on pressure-induced tissue damage over visual skin assessment gives nurses valuable advance notice to institute additional preventive treatment tailored to the patient's unique needs," said Dr. Ruth Bryant, a study investigator. 

"The advance notice ultimately translates into fewer pressure ulcers, decreased costs, increased quality of patient care, increased patient satisfaction, and decreased risk for adverse events such as in-hospital mortality, prolonged length of stay, discharge to an extended care facility rather than to the home, and infection."

Henry Okonkwo, a study investigator providing skilled wound care to nursing homes and acute care facilities, said: "The study results indicate that the SEM Scanner can detect changes before they are visible. 

Objective, scientific data from the scanner would give me confidence to take action in my clinical practice.

BBI's vice president of product, Rachael Lester, said: "With these new findings, we expect that early detection technology will move to the forefront of bedsore prevention. 

The holy grail in prevention has been the search for a biophysical indicator that could reliably signal the presence of a condition at an early enough stage to meaningfully alter the progression of the disease. 

"The new research builds on earlier evidence from 1,200 patients participating in a BBI-sponsored program incorporating SEM Scanner into existing hospital bedsore prevention protocols. 

Seven hospitals in the U.K. and Canada eliminated bedsores and two achieved reductions of nearly 90 percent as a result of the program.

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