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High Heart Rate Alerts Leading to Identification of Pain in a Non-Communicative Patient

Posted on August 24, 2013
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About the Patient:

An 85 year old non-communicative female with dementia admitted with hairline fracture of the right shoulder.

EarlySense Indication:

On the 6th day of hospitalization, at 11:20 AM: High HR Alerts (140 BPM) and increased RR (30 Br/min)

Assessment:

The patient was unable to verbalize her needs, but appeared to be uncomfortable.
A physician recognized inadequate pain control.

Response:

The patient’s pain control medication was upgraded.

Outcome:

The patient became more comfortable.
HR and RR decreased.

 

Post-Acute Care Dep., Nursing Home, NY, USA