Yorkshire Care Equipment has announced the launch of an “industry first” fall protection device into the UK market.
The Hip’Guard Hip Protection Belt uses motion analysis, fall detection, and airbag technology to protect the wearer from hip fractures during a fall.
The launch took place on April 22 at a virtual event attended by over 400 fall prevention specialists and other healthcare professionals.
This made Hip’Guard the third fall assistance and protection device released by the company in 14 months – following the Raizer II and Raizer M falls lifting chair launches in January 2020 and January 2021.
Ahead of the launch, George Hulbert, sales director at Yorkshire Care Equipment, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Hip’Guard to market as the exclusive UK distributor.
“Our team are always looking for new solutions that can change care for the better. Hip’Guard ticks that box for us. Crucially, it has been shown to effectively reduce the risk of hip fractures. But it’s also a product that is comfortable and practical for our customers to use. The belt is discreet, lightweight, and comes in multiple sizes. At our core, we’re all about enhancing quality of life. So, any wearable device we launched had to prioritise maintaining users’ confidence and independence.”
The device is worn like a standard belt. With built-in motion sensors, it uses a validated algorithm to analyse the wearer’s movements over 1,000 times per second.
When a fall occurs, the algorithm automatically detects the falling motion in 0.2 seconds. Then, in under 0.8 seconds, the concealed airbag inflates and surrounds the hip before the fallen person hits the floor.
The airbags have a specifically designed horseshoe shape. This protects the femoral neck by isolating it and spreading the force of the impact around the bone rather than onto it. The result is a shock absorption, which reduces the risk of hip fractures.
Yorkshire Care Equipment hopes this product will help the NHS face the challenges from falls among older people.