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A digital medical wristband for the 21st Century
There are many dangers that can compromise patient safety in emergency rooms. A digital wristband will reduce time & human error while collecting patient medical information.
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Many of these medical errors occur when medical staff do not read a patient’s chart or medical wristband. Here are the top three medical errors in the ER and ICU.
Studies suggest that medical errors are now the leading cause of death in the United States. There are multiple dangers that can compromise patient safety in emergency room environments. As designers, there are many solutions that we can create to help improve patient safety within these environments.
95% of health professionals look for medical IDs.
75% of medical staff look for medical IDs immediately.
Type of Medical ID Tags
The most common are bracelets, necklaces, Quick Response (QR) stickers, Near Field Communication (NFC) tags, or Universal Serial Bus (USB) drives that indicate to medical professionals the patient has an important medical condition that requires attention. These are made from stainless steel, sterling silver, or silicone rubber (Omics Group, 2014).
After searching through various types of technology I found that the problem with existing digital options is that it is not currently available in hospitals. So patients have to carry it into the the hospital environment. Having these new options for all patients in the hospital would greatly reduce human error in ERs and ICUs. So I created the idea of Medibuddy after working with various nurses and doctors in the Indiana area that I know.
Nurses can see who the wristband belongs to.
They can also view a patient’s age, date of birth, identification number, medical history summary, and
Patients can use the red button to call for help or ask questions.
Nurses can see which colored bands the patient wears. These can easily be removed like Lego pieces.
Yellow: Fall Risk
Green: Latex Allergy
Purple: Do Not Resuscitate