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

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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    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.

    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
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    Event26th Euromicro Conference - Maastricht, Netherlands
    Duration: 5 Sep 20007 Sep 2000

    Publication series

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

    Conference

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

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    Judson, A., MacAulay, F., Etchels, M. C., Ricketts, I. W., Waller, A., Brodie, J., Warden, A., Alm, N., Shearer, A., & Gordon, B. (2000). Developing ICU-talk: a computer based communication aid for patients in intensive care. In F. Vajda (Ed.), Proceedings of the 26th Euromicro Conference (Vol. 2, pp. 370-376). (EUROMICRO CONFERENCE - PROCEEDINGS). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/EURMIC.2000.874508