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13.9.2001

Highly versatile alarm for elderly people

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A new device for alerting help has been developed to help the elderly in the home, in sheltered accommodation and in residential care, likewise the care-giving personnel. It activates spontaneously as it senses the person’s movements, heartbeat and the slightest breathing movements. The system is durable and easy to install, and can be used to supplement an existing telephone alarm or personnel alert system. Emfitech Oy of Vaajakoski, who developed the device, are currently engaged on the first installations.

The new alarm system is personally pre-programmed for an automatic call for help from people who are frail, demented or immobile; once certain limits are exceeded the alarm system kicks in. A rapid alarm minimises injury, accident and treatment.

A thin, unnoticeable electrically triggered sensor installed under the mattress or on the floor by the bed monitors bodily functions. It is durable and easy to install, and works under the thickest mattress. It can also be concealed in the floor covering or under a seat.

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The system is safe; the sensor needs no electric power and the central unit operates on a maximum of 24 volts.

For an old person living at home the alarms from the sensor connect with a telephone or to the carer’s mobile phone. In geriatric facilities, sheltered accommodation and residential care homes the system is connected to the existing alarm and call system.

The sensors may be set to raise an alarm for several reasons: the bed sensor can be made to activate immediately if the old person has not gone to bed by a specified time, or if he or she had got out of bed. The alarm can be set to go off if more than a given time elapses (5 minutes - 5 hours) without the patient returning to bed or if he or she does not go to bed at all or get up for more than .5 to 3 days. The system can also indicate if the patient has sat up in bed and has a foot on the floor in order to get up.

One central unit of the new alarm device can be connected to both a bed and a floor sensor, each limit being separately set. The care-giving family member or the person maintaining the system can flexibly adjust the limits set using a remote control: he or she can adjust the limits, for example when the condition of the patient being monitored changes, or when the bed is to be used for monitoring a patient requiring entirely different monitoring. Floor sensor (7193 bytes)
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Further information from:

Emfitech Oy
Heikki Räisänen
Tel: +358 14 332 9000
Mobile: +358 500 678 767

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