International Noise Awareness Day

person-976759_1920.jpgToday is the International Noise Awareness Day, a global campaign founded in 1996 by the Center of Hearing and Communication (CHC) which aim to raise awareness of the problems caused in our health by excessively loud noise.

Excessive noise, like any other contaminating agent, is not just an environmental complication, but also has serious harmful effects on our health, both physiological and psychosomatic, so it is important to ensure an adequate level of noise, especially in the most sensitive places for health such as hospitals and care centers.

We are all responsible for the noise generated in health centers. Alarms, devices, conversations, phone calls and so on coexist in these centers simultaneously throughout the day. Even at night, a critical patient rest time, absolute silence is achieved.

But not only patients affected by a high noise level, workers and caregivers also accumulate a high level of stress when exposed continuously to a very high noise level, and this may affect the care the patient receives.

Therefore, thinking of the welfare of the patient, we must consider how to avoid all those sounds that are unnecessary and thus achieve a healthy and relaxing ecosystem.

For this reason Neat Group has developed a nurse call system like TREX that besides having different levels in their alarm tones, these can be replaced by a vibration system also configurable by its intensity, which is a secure system and does not contribute to noise pollution in health centers.

For caregivers TREX involves mobility, security, traceability service and efficiency; while for patients is a significant improvement in attention times (derived from a more efficient mobilization of staff) and greater peace of mind resulting from lower “noise pollution”.

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Differences between telehealth and telecare

eHealthGreetings everyone. This is the first post of a new project that we hope will be interesting for all of you. A blog dedicated to telecare, telehealth (also know as telemedicine) and overall about the new technologies applied to public health.

Why a blog about telecare and telemedicine?

The increase in life expectancy and the emergence of more chronic diseases have made the health needs of our societies have changed considerably in recent decades, placing our national health systems in serious difficulties, both economic and service provision.

It is at this juncture that the new technologies are very important as tools to achieve greater efficiency in treatment to patients and savings for health systems.

Therefore, we believe it is important that everyone have accurate information about these technologies, so you can evaluate them properly.

Differences between telecare and telemedicine?

The first thing to ask is what is the difference between telemedicine and telecare, two terms used more and more, but they are often confused.

In the article “Telecare for an ageing population” published by Oxford University Press, Stuart G. Parker and Mark S. Hawley give us a good explanation about this issue.

“In the simplest terms, Telehealth includes remote patient monitoring in which sensors and electronic questionnaires are used to monitor vital health signs and symptoms remotely (usually in the person’s home) and transmit data to an appropriately trained person who can make decisions about potential interventions, without the patient needing to attend a clinic. The effect of telehealth interventions may, therefore, be expected to be seen in supporting patients to manage their own conditions in their own home and in reduced dependence on traditional primary or secondary care outpatient services, elective and non-elective hospital admissions.

Telecare, on the other hand, generally refers to the use of personal and environmental sensors in the home with the aim of enabling people to remain safe and maintaining independence, avoiding institutionalisation and reducing isolation”.

In conclusion, despite the differences in both systems, these two technologies are designed to improve the quality of life of chronically ill elderly as well as to assume major cost savings and efficiency to national health systems.