The two primary benefits from a patient perspective are uninterrupted treatment, and the emotional benefits provided by remaining an integral part of society. Inhibiting an individual’s ability to speak can result in significant emotional stress. Loss of communication coupled with a fear of mortality, a stressful environment, and various medical conditions can cause a patient who would otherwise recover quickly, to withdraw into a resignation that hampers recovery and reduces efficacy of treatment.
Beyond test results and patient monitors, direct physician-patient communication is the backbone of medical practice. This two-way exchange of information allows the physician to gauge the mental condition of the patient, and to receive first-hand feedback regarding treatment. It also gives the patient the ability to participate in their care and feel a part of the process with their doctor.
Many hospital administrative systems require direct verbal communication with a patient in regard to understanding and approving procedures, as well as administrative tasks such as insurance details and end of life decisions. Currently, these interviews require removal of a non-invasive ventilator to allow the patient to speak directly to the administrator. This presents two major issues of immediate concern. Once removed from the respiratory treatment equipment, a patient’s oxygenation levels may fall rapidly and precipitously which can quickly result in hypoxic dementia, compromising a patient’s mental capabilities. This presents an immediate health risk for the patient, and also presents the administrator with a serious judgment call regarding the lucidity of the patient and their ability to understand the decisions they are making.
Friends and Family Benefits
The humanitarian and emotional aspects of verbal communication cannot be overstated for patient / family interaction. Whether it is friends and family are providing encouragement and support for a recovering patient, or they are sharing the last moments with a departing loved one, the bond of conversation unites and is at the core of what makes us human. It was this need that spurred us to develop the Dolores One, and just this need alone makes the Dolores One a required device in every critical care ward in every hospital worldwide.
Hospital Operations Benefits
Hospitals that require direct verbal patient interface for administrative purposes also require a respiratory specialist to be present to remove the mask and to monitor patient condition during the interruption of treatment. This can introduce extra costs and complexities. The Dolores One has the potential to eliminate the need to dispatch respiratory staff for administrative visits.