As a leading edge electronic monitoring system. Proxi-mate has the capacity to balance the provision of acute care with simple falls prevention monitoring.

Proxi-Mate is unobtrusive and won’t interfere with nursing or other care. It is also almost undetectable by the person being monitored. In addition, all Proxi-Mate units collect time and date stamped data in its ‘on board’ memory. An abridged version of this data is available directly on the unit itself – so it is simple to check if the unit was switched on or off, in alarm mode or had a flat battery at a particular time for example.

Using a Proxi-Log unit allows the full 4000 thousand event memory to be downloaded onto a flash drive. The Proxi-Log includes sophisticated report and data analysis tools that allow the production of pre-formatted falls prevention reports associated with that unit. Data can be exported for aggregation with data from other units to give a facility wide picture of falls prevention activities or for any other analysis required.

Noting that an alarm event without an associated fall is essentially a ‘near miss’ is a very valuable piece of information, not to mention forming a ‘base line’ assessment that can be used to efficiently plan care for the patient concerned.

The ‘Hospital Grade’ Proxi-Mate system come in 2 forms. There is a fully configurable wireless system that communicates directly with its own pager(s) or the Nurse Call system which plugs into an existing nurse call socket. The Nurse Call system can be easily adapted to suit pretty much any existing system, just so long as it has a ‘plug in’ pendant. There is also the option of connecting the existing pendant to the system (either directly or via an adaptor) – so you don’t lose any functionality, but you do gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will be alerted if your patient starts to mobilise. 

What Proxi-Mate device is best suited to the patient’s in your care?

There is a growing trend toward including electronic monitoring systems into Accreditation and Regulatory requirements, particularly for acute and aged care. Proxi-Mate represents a safe a reliable means of monitoring and is working hard to bring ever more advanced and useful solutions to the care environment.

Cost of Ownership?

While it is true that there are a number of cheaper falls related products on the market - Many devices require their sensors be replaced, often every few weeks or months, and are often for single patient use only.

Both Proxi-Mate sensors and control units are multi-patient use and are guaranteed for a full 2 years (many Proxi-Mate sensors are still in use 5 years after being introduced).

Proximate control units are not cheap plastic devices that can't survive the often harsh hospital environment. They are made from high quality die cast aluminium with only the best quality components available.

Proxi-Mate products are proudly made in Australia and technical assistance is only a phone call away. In addition, the Proxi-Mate system was developed by a practising nurse with more than 30 years experience. In the long run - quality always pays off!

Why not use infra-red beam , tether, floor sensors or video movement sensors? 

There are a number of approaches to solving falls and wandering problems - infra-red sensors activate an alarm when an individual tries to stand - very much like virtual bed rails - falls alarms can be generated when bedclothes or arms etc stray outside the boundary of the bed. Also, infra-red beams can make it difficult for staff to approach the patient without first having a means to de-arm the alarm.

Floor sensors are about the oldest form of falls monitor around - they are very simple and very cheap. In most cases the floor alarm generates only a 'local' alarm and don't generally have any kind of 'pager' attached. The main drawback with this approach is that the individual must have exited the bed in order to activate the alarm. This removes the opportunity for staff to respond until the risk of a fall has increased dramatically. In most cases people will exit the bed quite slowly so the staff need to be alerted at the earliest opportunity - not when the patient is already out of bed. Also, in most cases, floor sensors are a hang over from early burglar alarm systems and are meant to be fitted underneath carpet. They are generally not moisture resistant and tend not to last more than a few weeks or months.

Tether systems mostly involve an alarm unit mounted on the headboard. A piece if string is attached between the alarm and the patients nightwear. If the patient attempts to mobilise the string pulls out a peg and a local alarm is activated. Again, this is a simple and cheap approach. However, any form of attachment can be seen as restraint and many people are very reluctant to use this approach. Staff worry about strangulation risk and the risk that the patient, especially if confused, can remove their clothing and thus disable the alarm before falling.  

Video movement sensing often involves fitting a video camera directly above the patients bed - the field of view can be defined around the edge of the bed and any movement outside of this area can be made to trigger an alarm. Many people are not comfortable with the idea of having a camera above the bed - even though the image is rarely viewed by another person.   Again, staff need to have a means to disable the system if they wish to approach the patient.

It can also be a bit complicated to redefine the boundary around a chair for example. No one has yet come up with a device that can detect the intention to mobilise (which we would all like to do) but the next best thing has to be the earliest possible detection of significant movement. Something we believe the Proxi-Mate accomplishes reliably, repeatedly and cost effectively.  

Why not contact our distributor (www.medind.com.au) to discuss your needs or arrange a trial – there is no obligation and, when you compare Proxi-Mate to other systems you may well find yourself wondering why you didn't do it sooner.