Ascom has formed a North American strategic alliance with Stryker to help enable remote bed monitoring in hospitals and prevent falls, according to the company.

As part of the agreement, Ascom will integrate its Ascom Unite software with Stryker’s iBed Wireless Smartbed system.

This new partnership and combined technology will help hospitals combat patient falls and deliver an advanced solution that is customizable and adaptable to specific hospital policies, according to a media release from Ascom North America

This clinical integration can help prevent patient falls by enabling automatic remote monitoring of bed status, checking for compliance with hospital protocol, and alerting staff to potential patient safety risk conditions.

Ascom Unite is engineered to support an advanced rules engine that can have tailored responses to siderails down, bed exit system disabled, bed not in low height, and more. These responses can include mobile alerts, display on a dashboard, and reporting.

The software can also be programmed to suppress alerts for unoccupied beds or turn them off for patients not deemed a fall risk. To avoid unnecessary work interruptions, rules can be easily customized to help ensure only important and actionable alerts are sent to clinicians, the release continues.

“Combining our mobile messaging capability with Stryker’s iBed Wireless technology extends the reach of bed alarms to mobile clinicians, helping reduce the risk of patient injury due to falls,” says Rob Goldman, president of Ascom North America, in the release.

[Source(s): Ascom North America, Business Wire]