Hospitalist Physician,

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Use Johnny Lee's wii hack technology to monitor hospitalized and nursing home patients.

Have simple sticky dots on the patients forehead, hands, gown etc. Processor/program tracks distances and angles of dots to determine the position of the patients head, arms etc. to determine if patient is sitting up, moving legs towards the edge of the bed and determine if patient is laying on their side or back. Put an end to falls out of bed. Track if a patient has been repositioned as often as recommended to prevent bed sores. Many many uses.

  • Jun 27 2013: This occurred to me too, because my wife has fallen many times.

    I think it is an excellent idea except for those sticky dots. For many residents, living in a nursing home is a continual test of their toleration for humiliation, and the dots would compound that humiliation.

    Perhaps one day someone will invent a passive scanner that can provide objective measurements of human feelings. Then we could rate nursing homes by both physical and emotional measurements. Now, it is very easy to count how many times a resident falls down, and that is the measurement that matters.
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    Jul 27 2013: I can see how this remote monitoring would be useful, however in a hospitalization setting the nurse must perform regular observations, so often this is when rotation for pressure area care is done. While your system eventually may be made to help do vital signs automatically in the future, there would be the issue of individuals who automatic readings do not accurately represent their vital signs. Many people are also irritated by adhesives, the elderly have thin fragile skin in which the constant placement of the dots would cause irritation and breakdown of skin integrity.

    the other issue is the visual observation of a patient is so crucial to judging their health and well-being. Do they respond when you walk into the room, or is it only when you touch them, or do you need to provide a painful stimuli? I think the dot system may lead health professionals to become less competent their observations. How would this system determine a patient with declining health and would it be able to determine a patient who has a change in their level of consciousness?

    perhaps rather then dots you could look into mattress technology that would try and predict how the person is lying on the bed. This could also then be adjusted according to the readings to encourage patient to adjust their position in bed to prevent pressure areas in the community.

    For the most part I think the interaction between Health professional and patient is exceedingly important to the close monitoring and care of the patient. Dots will not be able to reassure an anxious and frightened patient. Constant monitoring would be relatively unnecessary and disruptive in a lot of cases. I see this being more useful in an ICU or CC environment
  • Jun 29 2013: oh,that's a really helpful tech to help old people and patients.My father got cerebral hemorrhage disease.if there was the tech,we can know my father's infor anytime,it would less our worryings for him.