A hospital in England has added electronic tags to wristbands to store patient personal information such as a digital photo of the patient and details of the care they need. These high-tech wristbands are used to increase patient safety by allowing hospital staff to read the tag details using a PDA and ensure they are treating the right person. They are also used to see what checks the patient has had, or if they are ready for surgery, to ensure they get the right drugs, tests and operations via the checklist on the PDA.
Patients can now use a PDA to indicate where they feel pain on a 3D body image, which allows them to zoom in on certain areas or rotate the image. The pain can be classified as burning, aching, stabbing, pins and needles or numbness, which are each represented as a different colour.
This program allows physicians to track and better understand patient pain.
“Because it uses a PDA, patients can collate the information while they are at home, and they don’t have to come into the doctor’s surgery.”
All it takes to check vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure and glucose levels is a tiny electronic device which can be attached to an ordinary plaster. The results are sent via a mobile phone or PDA (handheld computer) on to a computer database, which has been set up to detect results which are outside defined ranges.
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I’m sure it’s no surprise to most of you, but a growing number of medical schools are requiring more and more of their students to use PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant to the not so technologically inclined). Roughly 28% of medical schools require students to own and use a PDA, and many already use them voluntarily (they’re just that useful!).