SEM Scanner

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Clinical Challenge:

The SEM Scanner is the world’s first device to objectively alert clinicians to specific anatomical areas of a patient’s body at increased risk for developing pressure damage. Patient risk assessments are performed with the SEM Scanner before visible damage manifests at the skin surface – a world and clinical first.

Current clinical decision making relies on assessing a patient’s overall risk for pressure ulcer development and then completing a subjective skin and tissue assessment. Both methods suffer from not being able to direct clinicians to where the risk is building until damage is visible at the skin’s surface. Once pressure ulcers (also known as pressure injuries, or bed sores) become visible on the skin’s surface, tissue damage has already occurred.

Elevated readings from the SEM Scanner provide objective clinical information that directs clinicians to heels and sacrums at risk of developing pressure ulcers, even before the damage is visible. These data can facilitate earlier, anatomically specific interventions designed to reverse the damaging effects of pressure and shear and prevent the pressure ulcers from breaking through the skin.

BBI Solution:

The SEM Scanner is the world’s first FDA-authorized device to objectively alert clinicians to specific anatomical areas of a patient’s body at increased risk for developing pressure damage. Patient risk assessments are performed with the SEM Scanner before visible damage manifests at the skin surface – a world and clinical first.

The SEM Scanner was developed by one of the world's leading wound care experts for use by clinicians. Advantages of the SEM Scanner over the current standard of care include:

  • Objective, evidence-based measurements
  • Non-invasive, rapid results
  • Anatomy-specific readings over heel and sacrum
  • Anatomy specific readings before skin redness
  • Applicability across all skin tones
  • Minimal technical skills for operation: most nurses who tested the SEM Scanner were able to accurately use the device with only 10 minutes of training.

Enterprise Format:

BBI is currently developing an enterprise version of the SEM Scanner that will capture patient-by-patient and anatomical site-by-site data in real time, wirelessly transmit it in a compliant way to the BBI Databank, rapidly undertake analytics for a select patient or patient population, and report results to the healthcare provider.

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