May 17, 2020

[VIDEO] Stop Worrying About Ebola, Here's Why

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The Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of 7,000 people to date.
The Ebola virus should not be taken lightly, in fact the current outbreak has surpassed 16,000 according to the World Health Organization, but the fear...

The Ebola virus should not be taken lightly, in fact the current outbreak has surpassed 16,000 according to the World Health Organization, but the fear about how easily it can be contracted, especially in the United States, can be diminished thanks to a new informative video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The video cleared up major misconceptions including that animals can spread the Ebola virus (they cannot) and that mosquitoes can transmit the disease just like malaria (they also can’t).

There have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread the disease to people or other animals. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world but they don’t carry Ebola, the CDC stated.

The video also informed that family members, coworkers and neighbors returning from countries with Ebola outbreaks don’t pose a danger. Not everyone returning from said countries has been in contact with someone who has Ebola and even so, they are actively monitored at least once a day after their return by public health officials.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with body fluids from a sick person with the virus; you can’t get Ebola from a handshake or a hug.

A major tip that the video provided was that household bleach and other disinfectants kill Ebola. So if you’re unsure if something of yours was contaminated, cleaning it with disinfectants will kill any traces of the disease.

Watch the video for more information. 

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May 24, 2021

Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know

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We take a look at Schneider Electric's new smart patient room. 

Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly? 

Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution. 

What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room. 

The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place.  A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff. 

All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”

Why:  Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.” 

“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”

Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.  

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