Background: Neptec, a well known name in the aerospace industry is applying their advanced engineering expertise to the area of remote health care with their new CareCompanion product. CareCompanion allows medical institutions to monitor the progress of their outbound patients in the comfort of their own home through the use of remote diagnostic devices and a teleconferencing monitoring station.
Neptec chose Design Interpretive to design an innovative, user-friendly solution to house a collection of dissimilar, medical devices that connect electronically to an existing teleconferencing console. These devices, which measure a variety of vital signs, communicate wirelessly with the CareMonitor unit relaying vital information to a remote nurse station by means of a regular telephone connection.
StockEZEon Pty Ltd, a Brisbane-based company, was established in 2007 by management consultant Rob Skerman to commercialise the StockEZEon product. StockEZEon is an innovative device designed to apply and remove all types of compression hosiery and circular bandages. This device can be used independently at home, in nursing or community health settings and in acute care environments.
The application and removal of compression hosiery can cause major discomfort and distress to users, particularly for patients with delicate skin tissue or existing leg wounds. Current methods available fall short of a comprehensive solution for the easy use of compression hosiery and significant nurse or carer time is usually still required to assist patients.
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Waikato District Health Board (DHB) used a manually updated whiteboard system to display patient information on the wards at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton. With four general medicine wards moving into the new Acute Services Building, the proposed building layout was based on productive ward concepts of improving nurse and doctor efficiencies.
Previously, information was manually written on the whiteboard to capture “patient information at a glance” for each ward. The new ward design had two staff workrooms per ward, as opposed to one. Given the constraints and inefficiencies of duplicating information on two whiteboards, manual whiteboards were no longer going to be an effective solution, therefore, an electronic solution was investigated. Click here to read more…
A 68-year-old man with chronic renal failure was in the hospital in serious condition recovering from a heart attack. He had just undergone “balloon angioplasty” to redilate his left coronary artery, and was thus on an “npo” diet (i.e. he was not allowed to have food or drink by mouth). He received fluid through an intravenous (IV) line. Late one night, a weary nurse who was on the 11th hour of a 12-hour shift came into the patient’s room to replace the man’s empty IV bag with a new one. Click here to read more…