Stepscan’s New Mobility Assessments

Stepscan launches fall risk and mobility assessment tool for hospital patients and nursing home residents

Stepscan is happy to announce the launch of a new mobility assessment tool.

Accidental falls are a widespread and serious threat to patient safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between 50-75% of elder patients suffer from a fall each year and that 1,800 elderly patients die each year as a result. Falls among residents in a typical nursing home (100 beds) is reported to be 100-200 falls per year. The statistics for hospital falls are similar.

There are significant costs associated with falls including patient care costs, increased length of stay and liability. The direct cost to the US healthcare industry of in-facility accidental falls is estimated to be about $27 billion.

“Last year we were approached by the Director of Care of a long term care facility in Canada with a request to develop a specific fall risk assessment software report that could be used as part of a fall risk screening and monitoring process in their facility. The resulting Stepscan mobility assessment tool is capable of measuring and tracking irregularities in gait and balance, easily and quickly identifying residents or hospitalized patients who are at high risk for falling.

"Stepscan also presents a screening and monitoring tool that demonstrates duty of care in ensuring patient and resident safety and well-being. I am confident that Stepscan will be a valuable addition to any fall prevention and monitoring programs any organization currently has in place."

Crystal Trevors, Stepscan Founder

Stepscan's new mobility assessment tool was developed specifically to address the growing problem of accidental falls in hospitals and Long-Term Care facilities by identifying individuals with high or increased fall risk, giving clinicians and care givers the opportunity to intervene and ultimately reducing the occurrence of accidental falls.

Stepscan Technologies Inc. is a federally incorporated Canadian technology company dedicated to the development and commercialization of its multiple patents in the field of movement tracking and analysis. The company’s pressure sensitive flooring system has many applications beyond medical research and clinical rehabilitation, including sports training, clinical drug trials, military training /virtual simulation, and security.

Stepscan® gait and balance technology is currently being used in hospitals and clinics internationally in applications ranging from general rehabilitation, pre-surgery planning and post-operative assessment of Cerebral Palsy children, stroke rehabilitation, concussion screening and fitting of prosthetic limbs.

Stepscan Technologies is one of over 45 companies that make up the Prince Edward Island Bioscience Cluster and they are a proud member of the Atlantic Canada Aerospace and Defense Association (ACADA).