Scottish care provider adopts PainChek’s AI-powered pain assessment tool

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Scotland’s largest care provider for veterans, Erskine, has adopted the cutting edge AI-powered pain assessment tool, PainChek®.

Erskine has adopted the market-leading technology to enable staff caring for residents within the charity’s four care homes – totalling 339 registered beds – to quickly and easily identify, quantify and document the pain assessment of every care home resident, regardless of their ability to self-report their pain, including those residents living with dementia or a significant cognitive impairment.

The PainChek® app is available for use on mobile devices and uses AI (artificial intelligence) to analyse micro-facial expressions indicative of pain.

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Derek Barron, Director of Care at Erskine, (pictured) said: “We continually strive to evolve our digital strategy with tools that seamlessly link in with our care plan system, with the underpinning aim of delivering excellence in care. By employing the use of PainChek’s clinically approved, highly accessible tool, we can be sure of best practice pain management for our residents to support them in enjoying a sense of comfort and fulfilment in every phase of post-service life.”

Pete Shergill, PainChek® UK&I Country Director, added: “We are immensely proud to be working with the 105-year-old charity Erskine to support the assessment and management of pain in its residents across the entirety of its care home estate, and thrilled to be supporting Erskine’s person-centric approach with PainChek’s technology for the benefit of its resident veterans, as well as the professionals that care for them.”

The latest upgrade of the PainChek® app – first developed to enable care workers to identify and manage pain in people living with dementia or cognitive impairments – can now be used with care and residential home residents who can self-report their pain. PainChek® Universal, features the Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) – an established standard used to document self-reported pain levels – within the one digital environment, and is available as a free upgrade for existing PainChek users and features as standard for all future subscribers.

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