Prevent hospital infections May 18, 16:38
In an effort to prevent hospital infections in hospitals that accept patients with the new coronavirus, efforts have begun to utilize remote medical care systems that are being incorporated in remote islands and other areas.
Medical institutions nationwide are challenged to deal with infection of the new coronavirus to health care professionals and to prevent in-hospital infection son-in-hospital infections between patients.
Under these situations, efforts to reduce patient contact with medical personnel using remote medical care systems adopted in remote islands have begun to be tested at hospitals in Chiba Prefecture since last month.
The system was developed by an affiliate of Secom, a major security company, and this time we asked hospital staff to be explained to patients.
In the system, when a patient in an infected ward is fitted with a device or an electrocardiograph to measure the oxygen concentration in the blood, biological information is sent over the network.
Away from the infected ward, such as a staff station, the doctor calls the patient on a video call to see the patient while checking the biological information on his or her computer. Nurses in the ward can also be instructed by video calls to apply stethoscopes to patients and listen to mental and breathing sounds.
As a result, the number of times doctors enter infected wards is minimized, excluding emergencies, and nurses can reduce the number of times they operate blood collection and equipment that is difficult for patients to handle.
In addition, when hospitalization and treatment, the patient is asked to sign the consent form, because the virus attached to the document may spread, the consent form is also taken with the camera of the terminal, digitized, and exchanged.
The director of the hospital said, “We are able to reduce the number of times we come into contact with patients and reduce the risk of infection. It’s also great to be able to save on protective clothing that is missing.”
A remote home health care system prevents hospital infections.
This remote medical care system was developed by affiliates of Secom, a major security company, with the aim of increasing the number of elderly people living alone and increasing the number of opportunities for home health care.
It is also used for home care on remote islands, and since last year, it has been used in Tokunoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, starting with the core hospital and performing home health care throughout the island.
As the infection of the new coronavirus spreads, a trial has begun to be introduced as a method to prevent hospital infections and protect health care workers from infection.
Atsushi Komatsu, president of Secom Medical Systems, which developed the system, said, “It is a need that was not initially anticipated, but I feel that it is helpful to have a good evaluation from a doctor after receiving consultation from a doctor and using it on a trial basis. We have received new proposals that we would like to use in the future, so we would like to further enhance our functions.”