How hospitals are advancing technology in caring for personal injury victims
Fortunately, hospitals and cl...
Accidents that take place in the office and at home prove to be some of the most common injuries for hospitals to handle.
Fortunately, hospitals and clinics of all sizes are better preparing their staff and facilities for personal injury patients.
Personal injuries nationwide
From workplace injuries to slip and fall incidences, U.S. hospitals are handling more and more personal injury cases every day.
According to a recent study by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, nearly 285,000 civil cases are filed each year. Of those civil cases, nearly 50,000 are due to personal injury.
Although these numbers are high, the majority of personal injury accidents aren't filed in civil court. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that nearly 30 million personal injury cases happen each year, which results in visits to the emergency room.
When broken down into personal injury type, more than 7 million injuries are superficial contusions. However, 5.5 million personal injuries result in open wounds and 3.5 million result in fractures.
So how are hospitals handling the influx of personal injury cases?
Emergency room communications
Based on the numbers above, it's no surprise hospitals and clinics across the country are increasing their staff.
As the following article looks at, this is especially the case in emergency rooms, which is where the majority of personal injury victims go after an accident.
With more doctors and nurses on the floor, hospitals are improving their ER communications technology.
For example, most ERs are now equipped with digital tracking boards that let doctors and nurses know which room patients are in and the severity of their injuries in real time.
Improved CT scans
Hospitals across the nation are also improving their computed tomography, or CT scan, technology.
For starters, many hospitals are putting dedicated CT scanners in emergency rooms as opposed to making them department-specific.
In addition, the technology behind the CT scanning process is also improving. The 3D imagery CT scanners produce is more detailed than ever before.
CT scanners are also capable of picking up internal organs, bones, and soft tissue as well as blood vessels. This makes scanning an all-in-one process, which is much faster and more efficient than traditional x-rays.
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Ultrasonic vein finders
One of the first steps a personal injury patient encounters when making a visit to the hospital is having blood drawn. This process takes time out of the emergency room visits, but ultrasonic vein finders are expediting the process.
With ultrasonic vein finders, nurses are able to pinpoint which vein is optimal for drawing blood.
This also ensures nurses find the right vein the first time around, which makes the patient more comfortable.
Patient record apps
Regardless of the severity of the injury, doctors and nurses must have a patient's records on file before delving into a procedure.
As a result, more and more hospital staffers are carrying with them smart phones that are equipped with patient record apps.
Apps like Med-Info Keeper allow doctors to quickly and safely access patient information from the palm of their hand.
When it comes to caring for personal injury victims, hospitals are enlisting the help of technology.
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About the author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including medical and wireless technology.
Birdie aims to reinvent elderly care with tech
British startup Birdie has announced it has raised £8.2 million to invest in innovation and scale up the business.
The company's announcement is timely as it follows the criticism of the UK government over their lack of a plan for social care, despite acknowledging the sector is in crisis - around a quarter of the UK's home care providers are on the brink of bankruptcy due to a lack of funds and staffing.
Birdie was born with a mission to "radically improve the lives of millions of older adults", by using app-based solutions, IoT and machine learning to put preventative care at the forefront. The company was founded by Max Parmentier, after experiencing his own frustrations with the care system - his grandfather struggled with the impact of life in a care home, but lacked any other option.
In 2017 Parmentier partnered with venture builder Kamet Ventures to set up Birdie, in a bid to fix this problem. Since then, Birdie has partnered with almost 500 providers across the UK, and supports more than 20,000 older people every week. In the past 12 months alone the number of people Birdie supports has got six times greater.
Birdie’s solution is an app to help care providers deliver more coordinated, personalised and preventative care, by giving them access to digital assessments, medication scheduling and planning tools. By using digital tools to take care of admin, staff have more time to spend with their care recipients.
The new investment will be used to fund Birdie’s next phase of growth in the UK, as the company scales to meet the rapidly growing demand of the aging population. The company will also invest in product innovation, creating new features to address customer requests.
In addition, Birdie is piloting new care models, including partnering with the NHS to identify COVID-19 symptoms, building predictive pharmacy models with AI, and helping health authorities to detect early warning signs of patients’ health risks.
Internally, Birdie is committed to having a progressive company ethos. All salaries are transparent, and staff work asynchronously to maximise flexibility and equity. Staff members also volunteer in their local community during office hours, and the company offsets all its emissions.
These efforts have led to numerous awards, including having the best SME culture in the UK, an Honorable Mention in the Health category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards, and innovation in care at the LangBuisson awards.
“We believe the future of care for older people should be helping them to live at home for as long as possible through the delivery of personalised and preventative care" Parmentier said.
"Birdie is already the partner of choice for caregivers up and down the UK, and this new funding will help us rapidly increase the number we partner with and what we can offer them - meaning more people benefiting from more affordable, quality care. We’re proud of our mission and the values we embody to pursue it.”