Hospital environment and possible difficulties

Staying in a hospital environment, especially in an intensive care unit, is often stressful for patients. Patients can be confused, scared and tense, and what is normally taken for granted in everyday life, including communication, can now become an insurmountable obstacle. Illness, medications, pain, weakness, procedures they underwent, all of this can prevent patients from normal communication, and that at the very moment when it can be of vital importance.

On the other hand, patient care staff have to deal with stress and a fast pace of work, a busy environment and extremely demanding work, while trying to judge as best as possible, reading subtle signs, following their experience or feeling, the condition and the needs of those who often care for them. I can't say that myself.

The role of assisted communication tools is to rebuild the bridge of communication between those in need and those who can best help them. They significantly improve the quality of life and work in the hospital and contribute to faster and easier overcoming of difficulties, and ultimately to recovery.

Who are these products intended for?

These assisted communication devices are intended for patients with different diagnoses and different severity of communication difficulties. Their role can be divided into three basic functions:

Benefits for patients

Better communication enables patients to receive better care and improve their emotional state. They can express their wishes and needs, emotions, intensity and location of pain and much more to hospital staff and families. Additional benefits, whether it's a short-term or long-term hospital stay:

Benefits for staff

By building better communication with patients, the staff can help them better, but also make their stay in the hospital easier emotionally. A stronger bond and trust is created between patients and healthcare staff, which is of immense importance in the recovery process. Assistive technology devices bring many benefits, and only some of them are:

Benefits for healthcare institutions

By introducing communication tools, healthcare institutions can expect improved treatment outcomes and greater patient satisfaction, as well as greater productivity and staff satisfaction. Assistive technology provides a more comfortable environment and makes it easier for professional staff to understand patient needs and provide care. Healthcare institutions will also have other benefits:

It is clear that improving the quality of services and patient satisfaction, as well as increasing the efficiency and satisfaction of staff ultimately results in cost reduction. Thus, even a small device from a hospital room or bedside in an intensive care unit can manage the rationality and efficiency of a large hospital system.

Watch a short video of how assistive technology helped patients and employees of KBC Rijeka!