Title

Patient to Nurse Communication System

Lead Author Major

Bioengineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Huihui Xu

Faculty Mentor Department

Bioengineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

Alarm fatigue is a frequent issue found in modern hospitals. Almost every device in a hospital with an auditory alarm contributes to the increase of the noise level; examples include vital monitors, pulse oximeters, ventilators, infusion pumps, and feeding pumps. In addition, the busy hospital environment also inflicts auditory distractions. This is one major reason why hospital staff become desensitized to auditory alarms leading to missed calls and notices, which may result in significant danger to the patients who are in need of attention or care. This project aims to provide a solution to this problem by designing a nurse to patient system. This system is comprised of two components, where the patient will have a simple button control that sends a wireless radio signal to the nurses communication device, in this case a bracelet. This bracelet will provide nurses a visual and tactile alarm rather than an auditory one when the patient presses the call button on their control. The bracelet will vibrate and flash at intervals to notify the nurse with room and patient information shown by a LCD screen on the bracelet. A nurse would be able to easily update a device with a patient room number and information using a simple computer interface built using Arduino coding.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

2-5-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

2-5-2015 4:30 PM

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Patient to Nurse Communication System

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Alarm fatigue is a frequent issue found in modern hospitals. Almost every device in a hospital with an auditory alarm contributes to the increase of the noise level; examples include vital monitors, pulse oximeters, ventilators, infusion pumps, and feeding pumps. In addition, the busy hospital environment also inflicts auditory distractions. This is one major reason why hospital staff become desensitized to auditory alarms leading to missed calls and notices, which may result in significant danger to the patients who are in need of attention or care. This project aims to provide a solution to this problem by designing a nurse to patient system. This system is comprised of two components, where the patient will have a simple button control that sends a wireless radio signal to the nurses communication device, in this case a bracelet. This bracelet will provide nurses a visual and tactile alarm rather than an auditory one when the patient presses the call button on their control. The bracelet will vibrate and flash at intervals to notify the nurse with room and patient information shown by a LCD screen on the bracelet. A nurse would be able to easily update a device with a patient room number and information using a simple computer interface built using Arduino coding.