The Use of Remote Video Monitoring in Educating and Protecting Caregivers in Treating Ebola Patients
Frontline caregivers deserve the best expert oversight and direction possible to support the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and implementation of the latest care protocols for treating Ebola patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in its latest Ebola training guidelines, highly recommends supervision in all donning/doffing of PPE equipment.
The AvaSys TeleSitter Solution enables remote visual monitoring of and two-way audio communication with patients from a central monitoring station. It can provide Ebola experts a round-the-clock window into PPE gowning areas and patient rooms, allowing them to help ensure caregivers are properly protected and are following up-to-date protocols in working with Ebola patients.
With AvaSys installed in the patient room, caregivers can effectively communicate with and observe the patient without having to repeatedly don/remove PPE equipment and risk exposing themselves and others to the disease.
In addition, having this communications portal will help solve one of the most important issues in isolation rooms – patients’ adverse reactions to being placed in such a setting. Studies have shown that by creating a physical barrier, contact precautions may modify how healthcare workers interact with patients, thereby affecting patients’ experience of care. In addition, several studies have demonstrated that use of contact precautions has been associated with decreased healthcare worker visits, increased adverse events and depression among inpatients (See references below).
Having continuous audiovisual communication with patients can help to ameliorate those adverse outcomes. Without having to repeatedly don PPE, caregivers and family members can engage patients in isolation rooms or facilities in regular conversation, reducing their sense of being cut off from the outside world.
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Day HR, et al, “Depression, anxiety and moods of hospitalized patients on contact precautions,” Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology October 2013
Day HR, et al, “Do contact precautions cause depression? A two-year study at a tertiary care medical centre,” Journal of Hospital Infections, October 2011