Report Highlights How Hospitals Are using iPads to Reduce PPE Usage and Communicate with Patients
The lack of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) due to the COVID-19 outbreak has forced many hospitals to come up with novel ways to ensure the safety of healthcare workers. A report from the Wired highlights how some hospitals are using iPads to communicate with patients and to stay up to date with their vital stats.
In fact, by smartly using iPads, the Massachusetts General Hospital has been able to cut down on its use of PPE by half at a time when there is an acute shortage of it.
Harris Health now uses the tablets to provide on-demand access to interpreters for non-native English-speaking patients, patient consultations with pharmacists and dietitians, and video chats with patients’ family and loved ones. On Wednesday, the hospital network deployed a new system designed to streamline end-of-life care and ensure that the families of patients in critical condition can be quickly contacted and brought to the patient’s bedside virtually to be with them in their final moments.
In other hospitals, iPads are being used to help communicate with people with an impaired hearing. At SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, staffs are using donated iPads and smartphones to help patients in isolation communicate with their loved ones. There are also five iPads being used for video interpretation services including sign language. Most of the other hospitals are still using iPads for communication purposes, though they are now looking at deploying measures similar to the ones used by Massachusetts General Hospital for reducing the use of PPE.
The entire report from Wired is definitely a must-read and highlights how iPads and smartphones can help patients as well as healthcare professionals in the time of this crisis to better communicate with each other as well as their loved ones.
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April 9, 2020 at 07:44AM