Preventing nosocomial infections Initiatives to utilize remote medical care systems on remote islands begin May 18, 16:38

In order to prevent nosocomial infections in hospitals that accept patients with the new coronavirus, efforts are underway to utilize the telemedicine system introduced in remote islands.

At medical institutions nationwide, it has become an issue to prevent infection of new-type coronavirus to medical staff and hospital-acquired infection between patients.

Under such circumstances, efforts to reduce contact between medical staff and patients using a remote medical care system that has been adopted in remote islands, etc., have started on a trial basis at a hospital in Chiba prefecture since last month.

This system was developed by an affiliated company of the major security company "SECOM", and this time we asked the hospital staff to explain it to patients.

In the system, when a patient in an infected ward wears a device that measures the oxygen concentration in blood, an electrocardiograph, etc., biological information is sent to the network.

Doctors call a patient by video call while they are away from an infectious ward such as a staff station while checking biometric information on a personal computer. You can also instruct a nurse in the ward by video call to have the patient apply a stethoscope to hear heart sounds and breath sounds.

As a result, the number of times a doctor enters an infectious ward is kept to a minimum, except during emergencies.Nurses are also used by nurses during emergencies and when collecting blood or operating equipment that is difficult for patients to handle. Can be reduced.

In addition, when we are hospitalized or treated, we ask the patient to sign a consent form, but since the virus attached to the document may spread, we also digitalize the consent form by photographing it with the camera of the terminal. , They are communicating.

"We are able to reduce the frequency of contact with patients and reduce the risk of infection. It is also possible to save the protective clothing that is in short supply," said the director of the hospital.

Will home-based medical systems on remote islands prevent nosocomial infections?

This telemedicine system was developed by an affiliated company of a major security company, “SECOM”, in anticipation of the increasing number of elderly people living alone and increasing opportunities for home medical care.

It is also used for home medical care on remote islands, and since last year it has also been used in Tokunoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, where home medical care is provided throughout the island starting from a core hospital.

Amid the spread of new coronavirus infection, a trial introduction has begun as a method of preventing nosocomial infections and protecting medical personnel from infections.

Atsushi Komatsu, president of "SECOM Medical System," who developed the system, said, "It's a need that we didn't anticipate at first, but we asked the doctor to consult us and use it on a trial basis. We have received new proposals that we would like to use it for fever outpatients in the future, so we would like to further enhance our functions. "