How big is the problem?
- One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.
- Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
- In 2013, 2.35 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 662,000 of these patients were hospitalized.
- In 2013, the direct medical costs of falls, adjusted for inflation, was $33 billion.
The EMT FallCall Pendant is for persons that are prone to falling, depth perception issues, and declined mobility functions. Once the EMT FallCall identifies a possible fall has occurred it goes into a determination phase, at which time the device analyzes the measurements taken before, during, and immediately after the possible fall. If a fall is determined to have occurred, the EMT FallCall will begin to vibrate, notifying the wearer that a fall has been detected, and an alarm is about to be sent to their EMT HomeCare (Personal Emergency Response System).
During the notification stage the individual wearing the device can deactivate the alarm by pressing its manual alarm button for three seconds. If the wearer does not do this, an alarm is sent to the EMT HomeCare Unit, which dials out to the Alerts 911 Response Center (SRC). EMTs staffing the SRC will then attempt to communicate with the wearer to triage the emergency event. If no communication can be made, Emergency Medical Services will be dispatched to provide help.The EMT FallCall is a device that works together with Alerts 911 EMT HomeCare Unit, (Personal Emergency Response System).
How EMT FallCall Works:
- The FallCall will transmit an alarm to Alerts 911 Response Center, staffed by Emergency Medical Technicians, when a fall occurs.
- The innovative and proprietary technology uses more than 20 algorithms with data collected from three sensors housed inside the waterproof unit to provide the most accurate fall detection.
- The proprietary design will significantly minimize the issues of false alarms that are common with similar devices available today
- The FallCall has the ability to identify a “slow fall” such as when someone is attempting to brace themselves as they slowly fall to the ground or out of a chair as well as “fast falls.”