Bed-Exit Alarms: Evaluation Criteria and Test Methods

September 1, 2004 | Evaluations & Guidance


Our criteria and test methods apply specifically to institutional use (i.e., hospitals, nursing homes) and may not be applicable to the home care environment. Although we consider it an advantage if a unit can also be used on a chair and/or door, chair and door sensors themselves are not covered.

A device should reliably detect bed-exit events while at the same time minimizing nuisance alarms. Specifically:

  1. The alarm should trigger each time an unassisted bed exit occurs.

  2. The alarm should not sound excessively—that is, should not sound often enough to desensitize staff to the alarm—when a patient shifts weight...

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