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EarlySense continuous monitoring aids detox clinics

Steve Rogerson
July 28, 2020

Niznik Behavioral Health, a provider of behavioural health services for adolescents and adults, will implement EarlySense’s continuous monitoring system in two of the company's Discovery Point Retreat detox and residential treatment locations in Texas.
Discovery Point Retreat offers medical detox and residential inpatient care, incorporating evidence-based therapies and holistic treatment alternatives to provide a well-rounded recovery experience. Sensors from Israeli company EarlySense will be installed under bed mattresses at residential centres in Ennis and Waxahachie, and will help improve care by continuously monitoring client heart rate, respiratory rate and motion.
The system will assist staff in monitoring individuals on detox and residential floors by non-invasively providing continuous updates of patient status and identifying potential changes or deterioration in client health status.
"Detox clients going through the process of rehabilitation are in a constant state of adjustment, as their bodies adapt to new medications and simultaneously experience withdrawal symptoms," said Jared Hirsch, Discovery Point Retreat executive director. "The EarlySense system supports our mission to provide our clients with a supportive and comprehensive recovery experience, allowing our staff to continuously monitor client vitals non-invasively and take action when needed. This technology will assist in keeping clients healthy throughout their journey, while ensuring comfort and stability and enabling our clients to sleep soundly."
Discovery Point Retreat, a multi-disciplinary substance abuse facility, has three locations in Texas – Dallas, Ennis and Waxahachie. At Discovery Point Retreat, the recovery process is not restricted to duration but instead on how clients effectively progress through individualised treatment plans. The client-first priority ensures individuality within treatment, reinforced by a low staff to patient ratio.
"Niznik Behavioral Health's wealth of experience, knowledgeable and dedicated staff, and use of advanced care technologies has established the company as a national leader in addiction treatment and recovery," said Matt Johnson, CEO of EarlySense. "We are pleased to have been selected by Niznik Behavioral Health to provide its inpatient care programmes with contact-free continuous monitoring. As adoption of our technology continues to grow exponentially across the healthcare continuum, we are proud to help facilitate greater levels of safety and care."
Used worldwide in hospitals and post-acute care facilities, the EarlySense system assists caregivers in early detection of potential patient adverse events, including code blue events resulting from cardiac or respiratory arrest, patient falls, pressure ulcers, preventable ICU transfers and hospital readmissions. The system captures critical information from the patient, alerting caregivers of potentially adverse events early on.
The company has partnered with global technology companies including Hillrom, Philips, Welch Allyn and Mitsui. EarlySense is based in Ramat Gan, Israel, and Woburn, Massachusetts.