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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 26th Euromicro Conference|
|Place of Publication||Los Alamitos, Calif.|
|Publisher||IEEE Computer Society|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
|Event||26th Euromicro Conference - Maastricht, Netherlands|
Duration: 5 Sep 2000 → 7 Sep 2000
|Name||EUROMICRO CONFERENCE - PROCEEDINGS|
|Publisher||IEEE COMPUTER SOC|
|Conference||26th Euromicro Conference|
|Period||5/09/00 → 7/09/00|