Instructions for Posey KeepSafe® Essential Alarm

KeepSafe Essential
®
Instruction Manual
The Posey KeepSafe Essential
is an important part of your
falls management protocols.
Ensure all parts of this
system are operational
before leaving a
patient/resident
unattended.
8373, 8373NP
Before using the Posey KeepSafe Essential, read this entire
manual and save for future reference.
Contents
Before You Begin ............................................................................ 3-4
Features...........................................................................................5-7
Contents..............................................................................................8
Options................................................................................................9
Preparing the KeepSafe Essential for Use......................................10-11
Storing Your KeepSafe Essential.................................................... 12-13
Setting Alarm Mode........................................................................... 14
Setting Alarm Tone............................................................................ 15
Adjusting Alarm Volume.....................................................................16
The SUSPEND Button........................................................................ 17
Connecting to AC Power (Optional)....................................................18
Mounting the KeepSafe Essential................................................. 19-26
Monitoring in Cord and Magnet Mode...........................................27-28
Connecting Magnet Cord to Patient/Resident............................... 29-30
Patients/Residents with Pacemakers or Defibrillators .........................30
The KeepSafe Essential and Use of Physical Restraints .....................31
Warnings and Cautions................................................................ 32-34
Alarm Cleaning and Storage...............................................................35
Battery Maintenance..........................................................................36
Troubleshooting Guide........................................................................37
Product Specifications........................................................................38
Limited Lifetime Warranty..................................................................39
Repair Service....................................................................................39
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BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Before You Begin
The Posey KeepSafe Essential is an easy to use, restraint free addition
to your falls management program. The KeepSafe Essential provides an
early warning when a patient/resident attempts to rise from a bed, chair
or toilet. This system does not prevent falls or injury from falls and is not
a substitute for patient/resident care, rounding and a comprehensive
falls management protocol in your facility.
The KeepSafe Essential consists of an alarm with an adjustable cord
and magnet and activates as the patient/resident attempts to rise and
disconnects the magnet.
Indications for Use
Persons who may benefit from the use of the Posey KeepSafe
Essential include:
• Patients/residents with diminished cognitive or mobility skills. For
example, the frail, disabled, or those with neurologic deficits.
• Patients/residents receiving medications that may cause disorientation,
drowsiness, dizziness, or f­requent urination.
• Patients/residents (new or existing) with a history of falls, or who
are assessed to be at risk of falling based on your selected fall-risk
assessment.
• Patients/residents who are restless or prone to get up in the middle of
the night, e.g., due to incontinence, or with nighttime voiding habits.
• Patients/residents who require mandatory bed rest.
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BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Contraindications
NOTE: The KeepSafe Essential may not be suitable for all high fallrisk patients/residents. See Posey catalog for other options for such
patients/residents.
The KeepSafe Essential should NEVER be used as the only means of
surveillance for:
• Agitated, combative or suicidal patients/residents.
• Patients/residents at extreme risk of a life-threatening fall (ex.
patients/residents with bone injuries or previous hip fractures).
For these patients/residents, Posey recommends use of the KeepSafe
Essential along with a more intensive falls management measure. See
Posey catalog for options such as floor mats, and/or hip protectors
among other fall management products.
Response Policy
Make sure your facility has a clearly defined policy for response to falls
management and fall alarms. This may include contacting the patient/
resident over the nurse call intercom system and telling them to return
to their bed or chair and waiting for assistance, and/or sending staff
immediately to the patient’s/resident’s location for assistance. Be sure to
place a flag or notification device on the patient’s/resident’s door, in their
room, and next to the respective patient’s/resident’s room light at the
nurse’s station to identify high fall-risk patients/residents and alert staff
to respond quickly to fall alarm situations.
Facility falls management policy should address the frequency of visits
by nursing staff to:
• Confirm patient/resident is safe.
• Attend to patient/resident needs for nutrition, toileting, exercise,
and therapy.
• Check alarm function every time before leaving patient/resident
unattended.
If the alarm does not function properly, remove the alarm from service
and replace it with a properly functioning alarm. DO NOT use the
alarm or magnet if it does not activate each time magnet is removed
from face plate.
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FEATURES
Features of the KeepSafe Essential
FRONT VIEW
SUSPEND
SUSPEND
LED
INDICATOR
MAGNET
PLATE
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FEATURES
REAR VIEW (Open Battery Door)
SUSPEND
ON/OFF SWITCH
(WITH NP VERSION,
NO ON/OFF SWITCH)
TONE
Tone
Volume
Tone
Voice
&
Tone
VOLUME
Voice
MODE
Qty 4AAA Alkaline
Qty 4AAA Alkaline
BATTERY
COMPARTMENT
LEFT SIDE VIEW
AC POWER
ADAPTER INPUT
9VDC
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FEATURES
Features of the KeepSafe Essential (Cont.)
• Five
alarm tones. There are five different alarm tone options
which can be used in different patient/resident rooms, or to discern
between different caregivers or levels of fall risk for easy patient/
resident identification.
• Three alarm modes. Three alarm modes allow for facility or alarm
choices regarding caregiver notification in the event the alarm is
triggered. The alarm modes are “Voice and Tone,” “Tone Only” and
“Voice Only.”
• High and low volume settings. Two alarm volume settings allow
for facility or alarm choices regarding caregiver notification in the
event the alarm is triggered. The volume options are low and high.
• SUSPEND button. Silences the alarm until the magnet is replaced
on the magnet plate. Alarm will resume monitoring when you place
the magnet back on the face plate.
• Cord and magnet monitoring. Alarm activates when magnet is
removed. Magnet pull cord adjusts to range of mobility and “safety
zone” best suited for each patient/resident.
• Battery operated. The alarm uses four (4) “AAA” alkaline batteries.
• Audible low battery warning. Alarm “chirps” about every 15
seconds when batteries need changing. This sound is different than
any of the alarm tones and easily alerts caregivers of the need to
change batteries.
• DC jack. For AC connection.
• AC adapter. The KeepSafe Essential 8373AC enables users to
operate on AC electrical power. (To obtain the AC adapter with the
8373 alarm, order the 8373AC).
• Impact resistant cover. Helps minimize damage if dropped.
NOTE: Cat. 8373NP (No Power Model) does NOT have an ON/OFF
switch. This is to prevent patients/residents or caregivers from turning off
the alarm. The only way to turn off this model is to remove the batteries.
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CONTENTS
Each KeepSafe Essential is shipped to you with:
Alarm (1)
Magnet with adjustable length cord and locking clip (1)
• “AAA” Alkaline Batteries (4)
•
•
NOTE: If you require the ability to run on AC power, order 8373AC
or 8373NPAC
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OPTIONS
Customer may order the following bracket systems:
8208G GCX Alarm Mounting
Bracket Assembly –
vertical wall mounts
8208H Modular Services
8208CS Command™ Strip*
Alarm Mounting Bracket – Alarm Mounting System –
horizontal wall mounts
wall mounting
8269 Attachment Bracket
with BioThane® strap –
bed and wheelchair mounting
8289 Wheelchair
Bracket – mounting on
back of wheelchair
8278N Narrow Saddle
8208 Wall Bracket –
Bracket – wheelchair mounting wall mounting
8276 Wire Bracket –
headboard or footboard bed
mounting, or chair mounting
8288 Alarm Bracket –
IV pole
*3M and Command™ are the worldwide trademarks or registered trademarks of 3M.
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PREPARING
Preparing the KeepSafe Essential for Use
Battery Installation:
The battery-operated KeepSafe Essential is portable and long lasting.
Fresh alkaline batteries have an estimated life of 30 days of daily use.
Actual life depends on alarm mode, tone and volume you select.
Alarm will “chirp” about every 15 seconds when new batteries are needed.
Change batteries at once.
1.If your alarm does NOT have an ON/
OFF switch (Cat. 8373NP), connect a
magnet before inserting the batteries.
If your alarm DOES have an ON/
OFF switch (Cat. 8373), slide the
Fig. 1
power switch to the OFF position before
inserting/changing batteries.
2.Press down on the arrow and slide
the battery compartment door
completely off (Fig. 1). Set battery
door aside.
3.Drape the red ribbon across the
battery compartment and insert four
(4) new “AAA” batteries as pictured
Fig. 2
inside the battery compartment
(Fig. 2). Take care not to damage
battery contacts. Batteries should be
inserted on top of red ribbon and the
loose end of the ribbon should stick
out the other end for easy battery
removal (Fig. 3).
4.Lay the loose end of the red ribbon
on top of the batteries and reattach
the battery compartment door. Slide it
Fig. 3
shut, locking it into place.
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PREPARING
Preparing the KeepSafe Essential for Use (Cont.)
• Take
care when installing new batteries. The alarm will not
work if batteries are installed improperly.
• ALWAYS install a completely new set of batteries when the
chirping due to low battery power sound begins. DO NOT
replace a single cell, but all cells in the alarm. DO NOT mix old
and new batteries, or battery brands within a battery pack
(4 batteries). Use of mixed batteries or batteries installed
incorrectly may cause battery damage, and may damage
the alarm. Remove any alarm from use and send to the
appropriate facility authority if batteries are damaged or
corroded or the battery compartment has signs of previous
battery corrosion such as white powder residue.
• Batteries can explode or leak and cause damage to alarm if
installed incorrectly, fully discharged, or exposed to liquid, fire
or high temperatures. If battery damage has occurred, or you
see any corrosion, remove the alarm from use IMMEDIATELY.
DO NOT use the alarm if battery damage has been detected.
• After changing batteries, test the alarm and magnet for
proper operation prior to putting in service with a patient/
resident, and each time before leaving the patient/resident
unattended. If the alarm and/or magnet do not function
properly, remove the alarm and magnet from service and
replace them with a properly functioning alarm.
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STORING
Storing Your KeepSafe Essential
If you are storing the KeepSafe Essential for an extended period of time,
you should turn the alarm off and remove the batteries. Batteries start to
corrode after an extended period of time (just like a flashlight). Corroded
batteries will damage the alarm and may cause it not to function, or to
function intermittently.
ALWAYS close the battery door during storage to
prevent damage.
Store the alarm in a secure place so it will not be dropped or
damaged. DO NOT use if; battery door is missing; battery door is
damaged; alarm case is damaged; or alarm case is cracked.
Battery Leakage. If there is ANY evidence of
battery leakage, remove the alarm from use and notify the
appropriate facility authority. The alarm should be disposed of
according to your facility disposal requirements. DO NOT use the
alarm and DO NOT attempt to clean it if there are any signs of
battery leakage such as corrosion, rust or white powder residue.
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STORING
Storing Your KeepSafe Essential (Cont.)
DO NOT allow batteries to deplete while in the
alarm. Change batteries immediately when hearing the low
battery “chirp.” Depleted batteries may leak and corrode, causing
damage to the electronics and reliability. When storing the alarm
with power “on”, check the alarm every week to make sure the
batteries are still operable and the alarm is still on. If the alarm
low battery alert is chirping, or the alarm does not power up,
the batteries are depleted and must be removed. DO NOT leave
depleted (“dead”) batteries in the alarm to avoid corrosion.
Remove batteries when storing the alarm for an extended period
to prevent depleting the batteries and potential corrosion.
The Posey KeepSafe Essential is an electronic
device. It may fail to work if subjected to severe shock, such
as being dropped, or immersed in liquid. To reduce the risk of
serious injury or death, test the alarm for proper operation prior
to putting in service with a patient/resident, and each time
before leaving the patient/resident unattended. If the alarm
does not function properly, remove the alarm from service and
replace it with a properly functioning alarm. DO NOT use the
alarm or magnet if it does not activate each time magnet is
removed from face plate.
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SETTING MODE
Setting Alarm Mode
The KeepSafe Essential has three (3) alarm modes. These allow you to
select an alarm signal best ­suited to patient/resident and facility needs.
Mode Features
VOICE &
TONE
Pre-recorded voice message plays once, followed by
the selected alarm tone. The tone continues to play
until alarm is placed on suspend or patient/resident is
repositioned with the magnet on the faceplate.
TONE
Selected alarm tone plays until alarm is placed on
suspend or patient/resident is repositioned with the
magnet on the faceplate.
VOICE
ONLY
Pre-recorded voice message plays until alarm is placed
on suspend or patient/resident is repositioned with the
magnet on the faceplate.
To Change/Select Mode:
1.Ensure alarm is on and magnet is on
face plate.
2.Remove the battery compartment door
by sliding down to gain access to the
programming buttons.
3.Slide the MODE Select Switch to the
desired alarm mode (Fig. 4).
The last option selected is the mode
Fig. 4
utilized when the magnet is removed
from the face plate.
4.Replace the battery door and slide shut, locking into place.
NOTE: Cat. 8373NP does NOT have an ON/OFF switch. To set Alarm
Mode for Cat. 8373NP, follow all steps above except step 1.
Tone
Volume
Tone
Voice
& Voice
Tone
Qty 4AAA Alkaline
ANSI-24A IEC-LR03
THE PRE-RECORDED VOICE MESSAGE IS:
“Please don’t get up. Sit back down and use the call button to call for help.”
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SETTING TONE
Setting Alarm Tone
The KeepSafe Essential has five (5) available tones. This allows you to
differentiate between patients/residents and other equipment alarms.
To Select Tone:
1.Ensure alarm is on and magnet is on
face plate.
2.Remove the battery compartment door
by sliding down to gain access to the
programming buttons.
3.Press TONE button (Fig. 5) to scroll
through the tone selections.
4.Alarm mode must be set to either
Fig. 5
“Voice and Tone” or “Tone” in order to
hear the selection.
5.Each time you press the button, tone will change and a two (2)
second sample plays. The last sample heard is the tone utilized
for the alarm when the magnet is removed from the face plate,
depending on which monitoring mode is selected.
6.Replace the battery door and slide shut, locking into place.
NOTE: Cat. 8373NP does NOT have an ON/OFF switch. To set Alarm
Tone for Cat. 8373NP, follow all steps above except step 1.
Tone
Volume
Tone
Voice
& Voice
Tone
Qty
ty 4AAA
4A
AA Alkaline
ANSI-24A IEC-LR03
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ADJUSTING VOLUME
Adjusting Alarm Volume
There are two (2) alarm volume settings: low and high. These allow you
to select the right volume for facility and/or patient/resident needs.
All volume settings are within OSHA standards. For maximum staff alert
in noisy areas, use HIGHEST (loudest) volume setting.
ALWAYS check to ensure staff can hear alarm at
the furthest possible distance before leaving patient/resident
unattended.
NEVER place alarm closer than two feet from
patient’s/resident’s ear. Doing so may cause hearing loss or
other injury. For more information, see: OSHA OCCUPATIONAL
NOISE EXPOSURE STANDARDS 1910.95.
To Change Volume:
1.Ensure alarm is on and magnet is on
face plate.
2.Remove the battery compartment door
by sliding down to gain access to the
programming buttons.
3.Press VOLUME button (Fig. 6) to scroll
through both the volume selections.
4.Alarm mode must be set to either
“Voice and Tone” or “Tone” in order to
Fig. 6
hear the selection.
5.Each time you press the button, the volume changes and a two (2)
second sample plays.
6.Continue to press the VOLUME button until you hear the desired
volume. The last sample heard is the volume in use.
7.Replace the battery door and slide shut, locking into place.
NOTE: Cat. 8373NP does not have an ON/OFF switch. To set Alarm
Volume for Cat. 8373NP, follow all steps above except step 1.
Tone
Volume
Tone
Voice
& Voice
Tone
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ANSI-24A IEC-LR03
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THE SUSPEND BUTTON
The SUSPEND Button
The SUSPEND feature silences the
alarm until the magnet is replaced on
the magnet plate.
SUSPEND Button
To Place the Alarm on SUSPEND:
1.With the magnet disconnected from
the front of the alarm (as in an
unauthorized patient/resident exit),
Fig. 7
press the SUSPEND button on the
top of the alarm (Fig. 7) until the
Indicator LED
monitoring indicator LED flashes RED
(Fig. 7a).
2.As soon as the magnet is reattached
to the front of the alarm, the alarm
automatically reverts back to monitor
mode. You will hear a “beep,”
Fig. 7a
indicating the alarm is activated and
monitoring. The monitoring indicator
LED light will be flashing green, indicating the alarm is in monitoring
mode.
3.To take the alarm out of SUSPEND, reattach the magnet.
Test the alarm and magnet for proper operation
prior to putting in service with a patient/resident, and each
time before leaving the patient/resident unattended. If the
alarm and/or magnet do not function properly, remove the
alarm and magnet from service and replace them with a
properly functioning alarm and/or magnet. Ensure the LED,
indicating monitoring, is blinking green.
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CONNECTING TO AC POWER
Connecting to AC Power (Optional)
The Posey KeepSafe Essential is equipped with a DC jack to allow you
to use AC power to operate the alarm. When the 8373AC or 8373NPAC
is ordered, it includes an AC power adapter. To obtain a replacement
power adapter, order Cat. RP8383. To ensure proper alarm function and
to prevent damage to the alarm, only use the AC power adapter supplied
by Posey.
To Connect to AC Power:
1.Connect the AC power adapter to the
KeepSafe Essential (Fig. 8).
2.Plug the other end into the wall.
Only use the Posey
AC power adapter to power your
alarm. Using an adapter other than
the Posey adapter may d­ amage the
alarm and void the warranty.
If power is interrupted, the alarm
will not function. There is no alarm
at bedside.
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AC POWER
ADAPTER
RECEPTACLE
9VDC
Fig. 8
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MOUNTING
Mounting the KeepSafe Essential
There are multiple mounting options to choose from for the
KeepSafe Essential:
• 8208 Wall Bracket (for wall mounting)
• 8269 Alarm Attachment Bracket with BioThane Strap (for bed,
wheelchair, stretcher, and commode mounting)
• 8208CS Command™ Strip Alarm Mounting System (for wall
mounting)
• 8276 Wire Bracket (for headboard or footboard bed mounting, or
chair mounting)
• 8278N Narrow Saddle Bracket (for wheelchair mounting)
• 8208G GCX Alarm Mounting Bracket Assembly (for vertical wall
mounts)
• 8208H Modular Services Alarm Mounting Bracket (for horizontal wall
mounts)
• 8288 Alarm Bracket (for IV pole mounts )
• 8289 Wheelchair bracket (for mounting on back of wheelchair)
If you plan to use the KeepSafe Essential for stretcher sensor monitoring
or commode sensor monitoring, please refer to the Instruction Sheets for
these products, 8316 and 8333.
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MOUNTING
Mounting the KeepSafe Essential (Continued)
To purchase additional brackets contact your Posey sales representative,
or call Posey Customer Service at 1.800.447.6739.
PRIOR TO USING ANY BRACKET, YOU SHOULD
CHECK THAT:
• Alarm is securely mounted out of the patient’s/resident’s reach and
functions properly by activating alarm.
• Alarm indicator lights are in clear view of staff.
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MOUNTING
Bed Mounting
There are two brackets suitable for bed
mounting, the 8276 Wire Bracket and
the 8269 Alarm Attachment Bracket
(with BioThane strap).
The 8276 Wire Bracket fits headboards
and footboards that are ½" – 2"
(1 cm - 5 cm) thick (Fig. 9).
TO MOUNT THE 8276 WIRE BRACKET:
1.Slide alarm onto bracket from top down
until it is firmly in place (Fig. 10).
2.Choose location on headboard where
patient/resident cannot reach or tamper
with the alarm or connections.
3.Pull bracket wire away from alarm to
create an opening wide enough to fit
the headboard or footboard.
Slide bracket onto bed and push down
to ensure a snug fit. Make sure alarm
indicator lights are in clear view of staff.
4.To remove alarm, gently push release
lever IN while sliding alarm up and out
(Fig. 11).
5.Make sure magnet, and/or AC adapter
cable can be secured out of the way
and do not present a tripping hazard.
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Fig. 9 - Wire Bracket
Fig. 10
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Fig. 11
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MOUNTING
Bed Mounting (Continued)
TO MOUNT THE 8269 ALARM
ATTACHMENT BRACKET:
1.Choose location on headboard where
there is an opening and the strap
can be attached so that the patient/
resident cannot reach or tamper with
the alarm or connections.
2.Buckle strap onto bed (Fig. 12) and
tighen strap securely.
3.Slide alarm onto bracket from top down
until it is firmly in place (Fig. 13). Make
sure alarm indicator lights are in clear
view of staff.
4.To remove alarm, gently push release
lever IN while sliding alarm up and out
(Fig. 14).
Fig. 12 - 8269 Bracket
SLIDE
ALARM
DOWN
Fig. 13
SLIDE ALARM
OUT
PRESS
RELEASE
LEVER
Fig. 14
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MOUNTING
Wall Mounting
There are four (4) wall mounting bracket options to choose from: 8208
Wall Bracket, 8208CS Command Strip Alarm Mounting System, 8208G
GCX Alarm Mounting Bracket Assembly, and the 8208H Modular
Services Alarm Mounting Bracket Assembly.
8208 WALL BRACKET
1.Choose a location out of the patient’s/
resident’s reach, but with indicator
lights in clear view of staff.
2.Use Wall Bracket (Cat. 8208) (Fig. 15).
3.Screw Attachment:
• Position wall bracket with back (flat
side) against wall (Fig. 15).
• Using bracket as a guide, mark spots
to insert anchors into wall.
Make sure it is safe to drill and there
are no pipes or electrical wires that
could be damaged.
• Drill holes where marked and insert
anchors.
• Position bracket over holes. Insert
and tighten screws.
4.Slide alarm onto bracket from top
down until it is firmly in place.
5.To remove alarm, gently push release
lever IN while sliding alarm up and out
(Fig. 16).Make sure magnet and/or
AC adapter cable can be secured
out of the way and do not present a
tripping hazard.
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SCREW
HOLES
PRESS LEVER
SLIDE OUT
RELEASE
LEVER
Fig. 15 - 8208 Chair/Wall
Bracket (Front View)
HOLD/SUSPEND
SLIDE
ALARM UP
PRESS LEVER
SLIDE OUT
RELEASE
LEVER
Fig. 16 - Alarm/Bracket
(Front View)
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MOUNTING
Wall Mounting (Continued)
8208CS COMMAND STRIP ALARM MOUNTING SYSTEM
1.To install first apply isopropyl alcohol with
clean cloth to the back of the 8208 Wall
Bracket and wall surface where bracket
will be attached. Wipe gently and let dry.
2.Remove the “Red” release liners from the
two (2) Command Strips (Fig. 17).
3.Align the adhesive with the top edge of
Fig. 17
wall bracket and press adhesive firmly in
place against bracket. Applying pressure
for 10 seconds to activate the pressure
sensitive adhesive (Fig. 18).
4.Remove BLACK release liners from the
two (2) Command Strips and secure
bracket to wall. Press bracket against
wall for 30 seconds to activate pressure
Fig. 18
sensitive adhesive, waiting one (1) hour
for use (Fig. 19).
5.To remove, locate the two Command
Strip release tabs near the bottom of the
bracket. Hold the Wall Bracket with one
hand and pull the release tabs with your
other hand.
Fig. 19
DO NOT pull release tabs
towards you. Pull straight down along the
wall at least 15 inches. The strips will stretch and release from the wall.
The Posey 8208CS will adhere to the following types of
wall surfaces: painted, stained or varnished wood, glass tile, painted
cinder block, plaster, metal or wallboard. It is not suitable for wallpaper or
brick. Surface temperatures should be above 50º F (10º C) for proper
adhesion and adhesion could lose strength at temperatures above 105º F.
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MOUNTING
Wall Mounting (Continued)
MOUNTING WITH 8208G AND 8208H ASSEMBLIES
1.8208G GCX Alarm Mounting Bracket Assembly is for use with GCX
vertical channel mounts. For installation instruction guide, consult
www.gcx.com.
2.8208H Modular Services Alarm Mounting Bracket Assembly is for
use with Modular Services Company horizontal headwall channel.
For installation guide consult www.modularservices.com.
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Chair/Wheel Chair Mounting
WITH THE 8276 WIRE BRACKET
1.Choose a location on rear of chair, out of the patient’s/resident’s reach.
2.Slide alarm onto bracket from top down until it is firmly in place (Fig.
13 page 22).
3.Choose location on back of chair back where patient/resident cannot
reach or tamper with the alarm or connections.
4.Pull bracket wire away from alarm to create an opening wide enough
to fit the chair back
5.Slide bracket onto chair and push down to ensure a snug fit. Make
sure indicator lights are in clear view of staff.
6.To remove alarm, gently push release lever IN while sliding alarm up
and out (Fig. 14 page 22).
7.Make sure magnet can be secured out of the way and does not
present a tripping hazard.
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MOUNTING
Chair/Wheel Chair Mounting (Continued)
WITH 8269 ALARM ATTACHMENT BRACKET
1.To attach the KeepSafe Essential to a wheelchair using the 8269 Alarm
Attachment Bracket, first wrap the strap around the wheelchair frame
and then attach the buckle, tightening strap securely.
WITH 8278N AND HOOK-AND-LOOP ATTACHMENT
1.To attach the KeepSafe Essential to a wheelchair using the hookand-loop strip and chair bracket, wrap the straps firmly around the
wheelchair frame.
8289 WITH SCREW ATTACHMENT TO WHEELCHAIR BACK
1.Choose a location on rear of chair, out of the patient’s/resident’s reach,
where existing chair screws can be removed to mount bracket.
2.Use a screwdriver to remove chair screw.
3.Place flat side of bracket against chair back, with release lever
pointing DOWN.
4.Reinsert screw through the top horizontal slot of bracket and into
chair frame.
5.Use a screwdriver to secure bracket to chair.
6.Slide alarm onto bracket from top down until it is firmly in place.
7.To remove alarm, gently push release lever IN while sliding alarm up
and out.
8.Make sure sensor cables can be secured away from moving parts of
the chair.
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MONITORING
Monitoring in Cord and Magnet Mode
A “false alarm” may occur if cord is too short
and minimal patient/resident movement disconnects clip from
patient/resident or magnet too quickly. If cord is too long,
patient/resident may be able to move out of the “safety zone”
without alarm activating.
The Cord and Magnet Mode can be used to monitor patient/resident in
bed, or on a chair or toilet. An adjustable slider lets you choose the cord
length best suited to each patient/resident.
Cord length selection will vary depending on patient/resident needs,
bed, or chair mount position, and other f­actors. It is the caregiver’s
duty to determine the acceptable range of movement (“safety zone”)
for each patient/resident. Consider the following when choosing
proper cord length:
BED USE
should allow enough movement to enhance sleep comfort,
but be short enough to alert staff if patient/resident moves out of the
“safety zone”.
• Consider the extra distance from head of bed to wall if monitor is
wall mounted.
• Cord should be in DIRECT LINE from patient/resident to magnet on face
of alarm.
• Adjust cord length EACH TIME you raise or lower the bed or the
mattress head section to account for this movement.
• Make sure cord is not impeded by pillows or bedding, and is not
entangled in side rails or in the headboard.
• Cord
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MONITORING
Monitoring in Cord and Magnet Mode (Cont.)
CHAIR USE
• For use with an adjustable chair, lengthen or shorten cord to account
for any change in ­distance when chair is adjusted.
Make sure cord is not impeded by chair cushions and is not entangled
in chair parts.
TESTING MAGNET CORD
ALWAYS check magnet when connecting it to a Posey alarm. You can
check a magnet by removing it from the
face plate of the alarm (Fig. 20). When
the magnet is disengaged, the alarm
should sound. DO NOT use the alarm or
magnet if it does not activate each time
magnet is removed from face plate.
ALWAYS check that magnet cord is not
frayed or worn and could break. DO NOT
use if cord is damaged.
HOLD/SUSPEND
FIG. 20
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CONNECTING MAGNET CORD
Connecting Magnet Cord to Patient/Resident
1.Use slider to adjust cord to desired length. Cord adjusts from 31" to
60" (79 cm to 152 cm).
2.Attach clip near shoulder:
• Of clothing patient/resident is not
likely to remove; and
• Out of the patient’s/resident’s reach
(Figs. 18 and 19).
3.Check that attachment point is in good
condition and is not frayed or torn.
Fig. 18
4.Secure clip lock by rotating it clockwise
(Fig. 20). This will reduce risk that
patient/resident can remove clip.
HOLD/SUSPEND
FOR SAFE USE IN CORD
AND MAGNET MODE: To reduce
the risk of serious injury or death,
ALWAYS follow these steps before
Fig. 19
leaving patient/resident unattended.
Check that:
1.Alarm is “ON” and in monitoring
mode (monitoring indicator LED
is flashing green).
2.Cord clip is securely fastened
to clothing out of the patient’s/
Fig. 20
resident’s reach.
3.Clip lock is engaged (fig. 20).
4.Magnet cord is not tangled, and is the right length for safe
monitoring.
5.Alarm activates each time you remove magnet from face of
alarm. Reattach magnet to resume monitoring. If alarm fails
to activate, inspect magnet and check all connections. Do not
leave a patient/resident unattended unless the alarm activates
each time the magnet is removed from the face plate.
HOLD/SUSPEND
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CONNECTING MAGNET CORD
Connecting Magnet Cord to Patient/Resident (Cont.)
Patients/Residents with Pacemakers or Defibrillators
The Posey KeepSafe Essential is
designed to safely monitor patients/
Pacemaker
residents with external or implanted:
• Pacemakers
• Defibrillators
However, extra care must be taken with
Fig. 21 - Keep away
magnets around these devices (see
warnings below). Consult with a qualified
medical authority if you have any questions about patient/resident safety.
PACEMAKERS: Contact with a magnet can cause a pacemaker
to go into “magnetic mode”. This could result in an increase or
decrease in pacemaker speed.
DEFIBRILLATORS: Magnet contact can stop therapy! If patient/
resident is in ventricular spasms, magnet may suspend the
signal and cause defibrillator to fail to supply needed therapy.
To reduce the risk of severe injury or death:
• ALWAYS keep magnets AT LEAST 1½" (4 cm) from these
devices and implant sites (Fig. 21).
• NEVER tape or adhere any magnet to these devices or
implant sites.
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USE OF PHYSICAL RESTRAINTS
The KeepSafe Essential and Use of
Physical Restraints
The use of physical restraints should be a last resort, and only after a full
physical and mental assessment by the facility healthcare team. If the
patient’s/resident’s care plan calls for the use of a restraint, staff should
read and follow all instructions and warnings for the device you choose.
• ALWAYS
use Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup (HBSW*)
compliant bed side rails. Use gap fillers to reduce the risk that
patient’s/resident’s body or limbs may fit over, under, around,
through or between rails (Fig. 22).
• Full compliant bed side rails must be UP when restraints are
used on a patient/resident.
To reduce the risk of entrapment, use side rail covers, especially
with split side rails. A failure to do so may result in serious
injury or death if patient’s/resident’s body goes under, around,
through or between the bed side rails.
Use extreme caution with chair cushions. If a cushion dislodges,
straps may loosen and allow patient/resident to slide off seat
and become suspended.
Fig. 22
*http://www.fda.gov search keyword “HBSW”
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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
Warnings and Cautions
• Make
sure it is safe to drill and there are no pipes or electrical wires
that could be damaged when using screws to attach the wall mount
bracket.
• NEVER place alarm closer than two feet from patient’s/resident’s ear.
Doing so may cause hearing loss or other injury. For more information,
see: OSHA OCCUPATIONAL NOISE EXPOSURE STANDARDS 1910.95.
• ALWAYS check to ensure staff can hear alarm at the furthest possible
distance before leaving patient/resident unattended.
• When monitoring with cord and magnet:
– A “false alarm” may occur if cord is too short.
– If cord is too long, patient/resident may be able to move out of the
“safety zone” without alarm ­activating.
• Before each use, check that:
– Alarm is securely mounted out of the patient’s/resident’s reach and
functions properly by activating alarm.
– Indicator lights are in clear view of staff.
• Do not mix old and new batteries or battery brands. This may cause
rupture or leakage and damage alarm.
• DO NOT allow batteries to deplete while in the alarm. Change
batteries immediately when hearing the low battery “chirp.” Depleted
batteries may leak and corrode, causing damage to the electronics
and reliability. When storing the alarm with power “on”, check the
alarm every week to make sure the batteries are still operable and
the alarm is still on. If the alarm low battery alert is chirping, or the
alarm does not power up, the batteries are depleted and must be
removed. DO NOT leave depleted (“dead”) batteries in the alarm to
avoid corrosion.
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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
Warnings and Cautions (Cont.)
• Remove
batteries when storing the alarm for an extended period to
prevent depleting the batteries and potential corrosion.
• The Posey KeepSafe Essential is an electronic device. It may fail
to work if subjected to severe shock, such as being dropped, or
immersed in liquid. To reduce the risk of serious injury or death,
test the alarm for proper operation prior to putting in service with a
patient/resident, and each time before leaving the patient/resident
unattended. If the alarm does not function properly, remove the alarm
from service and replace it with a properly functioning alarm. DO NOT
use the alarm or magnet if it does not activate each time magnet is
removed from face plate.
FOR SAFE USE IN CORD AND MAGNET MODE:
To reduce the risk of serious injury or death, ALWAYS follow these steps
before leaving patient/resident
unattended. Check that:
1.Alarm is “ON” and in monitoring
mode (monitoring indicator LED is
flashing green).
2.Cord clip is securely fastened to
clothing out of the patient’s/
Fig. 23
resident’s reach.
3.Clip lock is engaged (Fig. 23).
4.Magnet cord is not tangled, and is the right length for safe monitoring.
5.Alarm activates each time you remove magnet from face of alarm.
Reattach magnet to resume monitoring. If alarm fails to activate,
inspect magnet and check all connections. Do not leave a patient/
resident unattended unless the alarm activates each time the magnet
is removed from the face plate.
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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
Warnings and Cautions (Cont.)
PACEMAKERS
Contact with a magnet can cause a pacemaker to go into “magnetic
mode”. This could result in an increase or decrease in pacemaker speed.
DEFIBRILLATORS
Magnet contact can stop therapy! If patient/resident is in ventricular
spasms, magnet may suspend the signal and cause defibrillator to fail to
supply needed therapy.
To reduce the risk of severe injury or death:
• ALWAYS keep magnets AT LEAST 1½” (4 cm) from these devices and
implant sites.
• NEVER tape or adhere any magnet to these devices or implant sites.
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CLEANING AND STORAGE
Alarm Cleaning and Storage
Cleaning
Magnet Cord and Alarm Housing (exterior ONLY)
Dampen (but DO NOT soak) a clean cloth with disinfectant.
To reduce the risk of damage, NEVER:
• use any cleaning substance that contains Phenol
• immerse in liquid
• sterilize with heat
Use a clean, DRY cloth to dry all parts.
Storage
• This
device is designed for use in normal indoor environments.
device may be stored in ambient warehouse temperatures at
normal humidity levels (10 to 50%). Avoid excess moisture or high
humidity that may damage product materials (greater than 90%).
• This
Disposal
Dispose of per facility policy. Be sure to follow all
laws that apply.
General Cleaning
• For
general cleaning, a soft cloth or cotton swabs are best.
NOT use sprays or liquids that may damage battery contacts.
• Tilt case DOWN and use liquid cleaners sparingly. Make sure liquid
does not get into main section of alarm case.
• Make sure compartment is completely dry before inserting
fresh batteries.
• DO
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BATTERY MAINTENANCE
Battery Maintenance
Battery Compartment
If there is ANY evidence of battery leakage, remove
the alarm from use and notify the appropriate facility authority.
The alarm should be disposed of according to your facility disposal
requirements. DO NOT use the alarm and DO NOT attempt to clean
it if there are any signs of battery leakage such as corrosion, rust
or white powder residue.
•
DO NOT allow batteries to deplete while in the
alarm. Change batteries immediately when hearing the low
battery “chirp.” Depleted batteries may leak and corrode,
causing damage to the electronics and reliability. When storing
the alarm with power “on”, check the alarm every week to
make sure the batteries are still operable and the alarm is still
on. If the alarm low battery alert is chirping, or the alarm does
not power up, the batteries are depleted and must be removed.
DO NOT leave depleted (“dead”) batteries in the alarm to avoid
corrosion.
• Remove batteries when storing the alarm for an extended period
to prevent depleting the batteries and potential corrosion.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Troubleshooting Guide
PROBLEM: Continuous alarm with patient/resident in bed or chair.
SOLUTION:
• Ensure alarm is on and magnet is on face plate.
PROBLEM: Intermittent alarm with patient/resident in bed or chair.
SOLUTION:
• Ensure alarm is on and magnet is on face plate.
• Ensure batteries are not corroded.
PROBLEM: No alarm with patient/resident in bed or chair.
SOLUTION:
• Make sure alarm is ON (monitoring indicator LED is flashing green).
• Check batteries. If needed, insert four (4) new “AAA” alkaline batteries.
DO NOT mix old and new batteries, or different brands of batteries.
PROBLEM: Alarm volume is too low or too loud.
SOLUTION:
• Press the VOLUME button on the back of the alarm to change volume
setting. Tap the button to scroll through the two choices. The last
sample heard is the volume in use.
SOLUTION:
• Check that the battery connections are tight and batteries are
installed properly.
• Replace the old batteries with four (4) new “AAA” alkaline batteries.
PROBLEM: Alarm “chirps.”
SOLUTION:
• A “chirp” sound indicates a low battery. Insert four (4) new “AAA”
alkaline batteries. DO NOT mix old and new batteries, or different
brands of batteries.
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Product Specifications
Size
3" W x 4.3" L x 2" D
(8 cm x 11 cm x 5 cm)
Weight
6.0 oz. (7.6 oz. with batteries)
.17 kgs. (.22 kgs. with batteries)
Power Supply
Four (4) “AAA” alkaline batteries.
Optional AC power adapter (Cat. 8373AC) 9 VDC
Battery Life
Expectancy
Approximately 30 days of daily use; may vary
Current Drain
Non-alarmed monitoring mode 0.22 mA,
maximum alarm volume 132 mA
Alarm Maximum
Volume
100 ± 5dB
Voltage Range
4.6-6.3 VDC
Low Battery
Warning
Audible, low battery “chirp” about every 15
seconds when batteries need changing
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WARRANTY AND REPAIR
Limited Lifetime Warranty
The Posey Company is committed to manufacturing the best quality
products. Posey warrants to the original purchaser that the Posey
KeepSafe Essential is defect-free in materials and workmanship. If
the product is found to be defective in workmanship or materials,
we will replace or repair it without charge. This warranty does not
cover accidental damage, water immersion, improper care, alteration
or misuse, and excludes claims for loss or theft. Service under this
warranty is available by contacting the Posey Customer Service
hotline (1.800.447.6739) for a return authorization, and by forwarding
the product in clean condition, freight pre-paid, with dated proof of
purchase. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may
also have other rights, which vary from state to state.
Repair Service
Return all alarms for repair to:
Posey Company – KeepSafe Essential Repairs
5635 Peck Road • Arcadia, CA 91006
Insure for $100.00.
For additional information or questions, call the Posey Company:
1.800.447.6739.
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KeepSafe Essential
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Instruction Manual
Posey Company • 5635 Peck Road, Arcadia, CA 91006-0020 USA
Phone: 1.800.447.6739 • Fax: 1.800.767.3933 • www.posey.com
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