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Developing ICU-talk

Developing ICU-talk: a computer based communication aid for patients in intensive care

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Authors

  • A. Judson
  • F. MacAulay
  • M.C. Etchels
  • I.W. Ricketts
  • A. Waller
  • J. Brodie
  • A. Warden
  • N. Alm
  • A. Shearer
  • B. Gordon

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Euromicro Conference
EditorsFerenc Vajda
Place of PublicationLos Alamitos, Calif.
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages370-376
Number of pages7
Volume2
ISBN (Print)0769507816
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Event26th Euromicro Conference - Maastricht, Netherlands

Publication series

NameEUROMICRO CONFERENCE - PROCEEDINGS
PublisherIEEE COMPUTER SOC
ISSN (Print)1089-6503

Conference

Conference26th Euromicro Conference
CountryNetherlands
CityMaastricht
Period5/09/007/09/00

Abstract

This paper highlights the development of a computerised communication aid for intubated patients in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Intubated patients in ICU have few methods of communicating other than attempting to mouth words and use gestures. Communication aids that are available, such as symbol charts and alphabet boards, unfortunately have not been designed to meet the specific requirements of these patients. Even these methods are not ideal for the patient their family members or the staff caring for the patient. From previous research studies of communication within ICU, patients often feel disempowered and depressed due their inability to contribute to conversations. This often leads to feelings of social isolation. ICU-Talk will be developed to allow the patient to have more control of their communications and at the same rime address their ongoing problems and needs on an individual basis.

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