“The first results show that the individual-spring system helps to considerably reduce the number of macro-movements in the night.” Dr Nils Lahmann observes “that residents in beds fitted with ripolux neo® have more peaceful and restorative sleep. This corresponds with the answers given to the accompanying survey.” In addition, there is an improvement in residents’ mobility. This mobility-supporting effect is particularly important when it comes to care, as mobility is a key factor for many other aspects of health. However, the care researcher is not jumping to conclusions. “There is a very clear positive tendency, but the study is still ongoing. To draw reliable conclusions, we have to wait until all of the results are available.”
The ripolux neo® surveillance study is currently being carried out at nursing care facilities across Germany. Sensors in the bed analyse a wide range of sleep and position parameters. The data collected in this way is linked to participant questionnaires so as to compare subjective results such as “restorative quality of sleep” to objective measurement data.
Advantages for participating nursing care facilities
The ripolux neo® study was initiated by Hermann Bock GmbH as a post-market clinical follow-up. Managing Director Dr Stefan Kettelhoit explains that his company places a high value on independence where the study is concerned: “We need reliable data that lives up to scientific standards rather than biased research, because the results are intended to help us improve beds for nursing care.”
At the Altenpflege 2016 trade fair, the Ravensberger Stift care home will also describe their experiences, as will the Diakonis care home in Detmold. Both organisations are participating in the research. The study is having a positive spin-off effect, in that the sensor data is leading to adjustments in the medication being given to some residents, according to Carola Hilker, nursing care director at Diakonis. The positive feedback has prompted Hermann Bock GmbH to expand the study once again so as to include more care facilities. More information is available by writing to info. @bock.net
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