The Situation

In a significant number of spinal cord injury cases, patients experiences some loss of gross and/or fine motor skills. Given the lack of motor skills, patients are unable to utilize the hospital provided nurse call remote control. In addition to not being able to call the nurse, patients cannot turn on/off the room lights, operate the TV, or control the hospital bed. This is a life safety liability for the hospital as well as a significant factor in patient discomfort and satisfaction.

The Smart Solution

Smart Solutions partnered with a large spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital to create a new, user-friendly patient interface for spinal cord injury patients. The goal of this project was to integrate our Smart Care* environmental control unit with an eye tracking user interface to control existing hospital infrastructure – nurse call, room lighting, bed controls, augmented communications software, and TV. Smart Solutions delivered a platform that empowered patients to be more independent while improving their ability to communicate with hospital staff. Specifically, the goal for this project was to find a way for patients with low or no motor skills to adjust the room environment and interact with the nursing staff more effectively.

The Outcomes

The result of this initiative led to increased patient satisfaction and well-being as they progressed through the inpatient recovery process.