COVID-19 AND OTHER PANDEMICS: CONTACT IS ESSENTIAL DURING ISOLATION. MOBILE DIGITAL COMMUNICATION WITH THE SMT SMART MEDIATABLE CAN MAKE A NOTICEABLE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO PATIENT RECOVERY.
In times of a pandemic with the isolated accommodation of patients on the ward, clinics are working hard to find solutions that still allow patients access to relatives, information and communication.
Isolation accommodation, as quarantine is called in hospitals using the technical term, will be a current reality for many patients in 2020. For inpatient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin, as the German public health institute and recommending authority, defines separate patient care in the inpatient area in its guidelines for infection and hospital hygiene.
And this applies not only to those affected by this new type of virus itself, but also to the large number of patients who receive inpatient treatment for other diseases, but who can be assigned to certain risk groups.
Overall, this means that the vast majority of patients unfortunately have to experience this isolation during their illness, which only allows contact to a few doctors and nursing staff in protective clothing, but not to their relatives. A situation of a lack of contact, which in many cases can lead to severe psychological and physical stress.
Numerous doctors and clinics are therefore working on a solution to enable their patients to experience an improvement in this situation. The use of patients‘ personal smartphones or tablets is a first approach, which is helpful but is usually inadequate for patients and clinics. Time for a real innovation that brings patients of all ages back into contact with the outside world, is easy to use, relieves everyday hospital work and complies with the hygiene guidelines, and which also handles patient data responsibly and safely.
The new SMT SMART MEDIATABLE now opens up completely new possibilities for patients in isolation. Originally developed for long-term therapy sessions such as dialysis and chemotherapy, in the current phase it has its finger on the pulse: it is a communication solution that conveys feelings and information very personally, comes to every patient in a mobile form via plug & play, and fulfils all clinical requirements. As an innovation in the field of digital patient services, the SMT is developing into a “game changer” in times of isolation of epidemic diseases. Which also makes it the ideal option in the children's ward, in tele-learning and in old people's and nursing homes.
→ Connected: Communication solution bedside or chairside – accessing applications comfortably during long-term therapies or treatments on the surgical ward.
→ Digital: Surfing the web, selecting apps – social media + location-based services, App-TV, plus the option for remote control action of the patient’s own smartphone (android).
→ Mobile: Moves freely like a side table, may be used flexibly and individually by patients via Plug & Play, carries serving trays as well as a usual side table.
→ Safe: Protects personal data and ensures comprehensive hygiene protection thanks to an antimicrobial surface.
Many patients today have a high need for digital communication that goes far beyond telephone and television. The SMT paves the way to desired and suitable online services in a controlled manner. With its 17 “FullHD touchscreen integrated in the GREINER SMT-Cart with ergonomics that are suitable for the patient, it takes patient comfort to a new level.
This patent-pending solution also offers patients a new level of security. For this purpose, the touchscreen has an antimicrobially coated surface that protects against germs and is safe to disinfect. Unbreakable mineral glass protects the monitor and at the same time allows patient utensils or serving trays to be placed on it. The protection against dust and water meets the criteria of protection class IP65.
Digital communication on the bed or chair – mobile, flexible and adaptable – becomes real and is no longer a vision of the future. During quarantine on the ward and with special therapies, it offers individual and convenient access to digital services of all kinds. Last but not least, this eliminates the need for bulky monitors or TVs in the room. In this way, therapeutic measures and digitisation are brought together for the benefit of the patient.
It is now up to all of us to intensify the fight against COVID-19 in the interests of patients with constructive solutions. Innovative solutions are on the market. Discover the opportunities and improvements in treatment conditions in your facility.
SMT SMART MEDIATABLE: SIMPLY PERFECT IN CORONA TIMES – NOW AVAILABLE FROM YOUR AUTHORISED LOCAL GREINER DISTRIBUTOR.