Vizient awards Innovative Technology designations to previously contracted products. The award signals to healthcare providers the impact of these innovations.
London-based Smith+Nephew exhibited the LEAF system at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange last year.
Smith+Nephew’s LEAF offers visual alerts in the patient room and at the nurse’s station. It tells users who needs to be turned and when. Its Integrated Positioning Technology precisely measures the effectiveness of patient turning. This includes turn frequency, turn angle and tissue recovery time.
The wearable, wireless system helps improve adherence to individualized turn protocols up to 98%. It demonstrated the ability to reduce the chance of developing hospital-acquired pressure injuries by 73%. Smith+Nephew said the use of LEAF helps to improve nursing efficiencies.
It also generated up to $1.8 million in estimated annual cost savings for one facility’s critical care units, Smith+Nephew said.
“We are very proud to receive the Innovative Technology designation from Vizient. Pressure injuries are the only hospital-acquired complication on the rise in the U.S., costing roughly $11 billion in preventable treatments, with dire impact to those patients affected,” said Paolo Di Vincenzo, SVP U.S. commercial, advanced wound management for Smith+Nephew. “We will not settle until we’ve solved this challenge and are excited for the role our LEAF patient monitoring system will play – fast becoming a standard of patient care in the U.S. and reducing facility costs.”