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Falls are now being classified as hospital-acquired conditions by the US Centers for Medicareand Medicaid Services and can cost hospitals billions of dollars each year. In addition to acquiredcosts, falls, and fall related injuries can increase hospital stays by 6-12 days. With theimplementation of virtual sitters, we could not only increase patient safety by decreasing falls,but also reduce unbudgeted costs on 1:1 sitters. After speaking to the nurse manager at ShannonRehabilitation Hospital affiliate of Encompass Health, Jacob Truelove, he has enlightened me onthe exponential benefits of virtual surveillance sitters. While virtual sitters may carry large costsinitially, they significantly cut down on staffing costs when there are several high fall riskpatients in the hospital. This works using in room cameras either hard-mounted or based on aportable cart. They provide real-time, continuous visibility to trained staff who can observepatient rooms on multiple monitors at a workstation. Some workstations display up to 24embedded screens, significantly increasing the number of rooms that one individual can monitor.If a patient behavior warrants an intervention, the virtual sitter alerts the appropriate personnel
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