On one single day between Thursday and Friday, 1,480 people in the United States are dead due to the coronavirus. This is the highest number of deaths than any other country has seen since the pandemic has taken place. Since this virus spread so easily from person to person, the risk level of hospital staff and caregivers to catch the virus is very high.
To address this concern, a leading company in eye-tracking for health, EyeTech Digital Systems has launched EyeOn LifeLine which is a communication tablet for hospital emergency rooms and ICUs and especially to interact with patients who are unable to speak while confined to their hospital beds.
EyeOn is a self-calibrating augmented and alternative communication equipment ACC, which was released earlier this year in the US. The device was made for the patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Rett Syndrome, cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, autism spectrum, muscular dystrophy, and people with spinal cord injuries. The EyeOn LifeLine is an upgrade version of the EyeOn.
The CEO of EyeTech, Robert Chappell said," As a long-time eye-gaze user with hand disabilities, I was devastated to see doctors and nurses not being able to communicate with ICU patients under a ventilator. If we can save one life, it will be a huge contribution."
The patient has just looked at word squares on the stand-mounted tablet monitor by he/she can express pain level or a request. The tablets transfer the request into a voice mail through speakers for nurses and doctors. To improve inpatient outcomes they have set up the EyeOn LifeLine as an ultra-portable device which means that it can be utilized with multiple patients.
Chappell wishes that maybe there were more units so they could serve all the ICUs around the country. To be a support system to the research and augmentative and alternative communication channels, support thousands of global users across medical, and support those fighting this pandemic on the frontlines they have made a donation of $500 per unit to the American Nurses Foundation.
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