Community Nurses and Occupational Therapists on the move
Community nursing and occupational therapy is a critical part of healthcare delivery and in many cases an effective alternative to hospital care since it is patient-centred and cost-effective. Community nursing provides continuity of care following hospital discharge.
While community nursing has enormous advantages, it can bring some challenges such as
Difficult patient situation/environment factors
Level of community nursing experience
Sense of isolation or uncertainty for community nurse
Need for extra guidance in certain cases
Community nurses and occupational therapists attending the elderly/ frail/immobile patients in their homes, may require additional support, usually from a family doctor/GP or more experienced healthcare professional. The community nurse who is proficient in primary care, can lack the medical expertise to treat a patient or decide a further course of action without medical input. Here, patient hospitalisation remains the only option – this delays treatment, affects patient outcome and places further load on hospitals.
BlueEye Handsfree addresses these challenges by equipping nurses with a mobile wearable video platform. The nurse wears a lightweight camera near their temple, which sends real-time video of ‘What the nurse sees’ to the remote location(s). The remote medical expert can conveniently access the real-time video by simply logging in to the BlueEye hot desk from their current place of work (home/ hospital/in-transit).
The wearable video platform facilitates one-way video from the nurse to the remote doctor or supervisor allowing the nurse to focus on the patient treatment. The wearable camera near the nurse eyes allows the remote doctor/ supervisor to see the patient treatment from the nurse’s eyes. The two-way audio supports effective collaboration between the nurse and the doctor/ supervisor.
Enables instantaneous support for community nurse/occupational therapist
Accelerates patient diagnosis and treatment
Supports treat at scene, avoiding unnecessary conveyance
Facilitates timely escalation to Ambulance service/Emergency hospital admission
Sense of support and reduced stress for community nurse
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