Stel takes care of tracking fluid input and output, so hospitals can focus on treating patients.
Millions of patients require fluid tracking for treatment
Doctors track fluid intake and output in order to treat patients with fluid balance issues, as well as to prevent patients from developing other complications while in the hospital. [1-5]
Non-invasive tracking and incident notification helps doctors and nurses to efficiently monitor and treat patients suffering from hydration imbalances to congestive heart failures.
79% of fluid balance sheets are incorrect
Clinical experience and nursing metrics have constantly identified poor documentation of fluid balance monitoring which results in costly mistakes that comprise patient safety and quality of care.
Inaccurate input/output monitoring may lead to late detection of fluid status abnormalities and complications that result in costly mistakes such as additional days of hospitilization, higher patient discomfort, and higher patient risk to develop other complications.
By eliminating manual input, and providing more complete and accurate data, Stel helps doctors and nurses better treat patients, save time and billions of dollars while avoiding errors.
50% of hospitals pay readmission fines annually to medicare
Congestive heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalizations in the US. Almost 6 million Americans suffer from CHF and 555,000 are diagnosed yearly. $273 billion is spent annually on treating CHF in the US.
Reducing CHF readmissions has been a major priority as 24% CHF readmissions happen within 30 days of release. [Brookings] Hospitals have to pay penalties for these readmissions.
Treatment at Home
Patients can take Stel home with them to continue tracking and followup at home.
Evolving programs such as the Duke Heart Failure Program have started incorporating in-home tracking to better treat patients. These technologies have resulted in decreased preventable CHF readmission by 15% and reduced inpatient costs by $8,571/patient/year. This is critical for treating patients with diseases such as Congestive Heart Failure, Renal Failure, Dehydration, Diabetes, and more.
* Jeyapala, S., A. Gerth, A. Patel, and N. Syed. "Improving Fluid Balance Monitoring on the Wards." BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 4.1 (2015): n. pag. Web.
** Diacon, A. & Bell, J. (2014). Investigating the recording and accuracy of fluid balance monitoring in critically ill patients. South Africa Journal of Critical Care, 30(2), 55-57
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