I dreamed about my latest idea last night.
Rising diagonally from the head of this futuristic hospital bed is a molded metal or fiberglass arm which ends in a three feet high by three feet wide square molded fiberglass LCD or LED flatscreen computer monitor several feet above the bed at feet level- tilted towards the patient. The screen of this computer monitor may have to be covered by an unbreakable plexiglass shield.
Inside this arm are the control lines for this computer monitor. The arm would be freely swivable -up and down, left to right. Such mobility is available-we all know about the robots in automobile manufacturing plants. These robots contain arms that automatically perform movable tasks dozens of times a day. Perhaps the arms could swivel the flatscreen computer monitors under the hospital beds for storage.
At the head of the futuristic hospital bed is a computer USB port and the female mono audio adapters for the ear bud extensions or under the pillow speaker wire port.
An internet capable laptop computer at the head of the patient’s bed then controls the music which is downloaded and the idyllic scenery which is seen or even the television and movies which can be watched on this computer monitor suspended above the patient’s bed.
Because I am a veterinarian, I am not active in human medicine. Perhaps the following patient monitoring adaption is already in use. Using the laptop computers at bedside, the patient’s medical system parameters could be transferred to the nurse’s station and software could be designed to make the system work well. Software could be designed to allow the hospitalist to also monitor critical patients via his/her I-phone. The medical system parameters could be transferred to the bedside laptop computer and subsequently transferred to the nurses station and physician’s I-phone.
A miniature computer keyboard attached to a miniature swivel arm similar to the arm which is used with the computer LED monitor could be attached to the bed’s patient guard rail. This keyboard could be used to control the laptop computer, including sending text messages to the nurse’s station if help is needed. Software could be devised to warn the nurses at their station that urgent or non urgent help is needed by the patients. The patients could type out their request to the nurse or any key could be pressed for longer than two seconds, which sounds an emergency alarm. This keyboard system could replace the buzzer system that may be used.
Perhaps the staff of the manufacturers of the existing hospital beds can retrofit them to accept the over the bed computer monitors, monitor arms, computer laptop control ports and ear bud or under the pillow (PILLOWSONIC tm.) speaker ports.
Research has proven that distraction therapy decreases the amount of opiates needed for analgesia in some patients by up to fifty percent.
Since hospital management charges the patients the same fee for opiate use, regardless of dosage, the cost of retrofitting these beds will eventually be recovered.
I know that there are other benefits to this therapy as well, I just have not read about them. I do know that I would like to see this feature available to anyone who wants to use it. It would sure be nice to be able to listen to your choice of music while you are viewing your choice of pastoral image in front of you- easily viewable at several angles in front of you- on any day, at any hour of the day or night. Personal digital photos can be downloaded into this over the bed computer screen for viewing while bed-bound.
There are many possibilities available if computer monitors are readily accessible. Performances, celebrity hospital visits, family gatherings can be recorded and family pets can be taken to the sidewalk outside the hospital reception area and can then be immediately viewed by the patient (through these over the bed computer monitors) . We all know how prevalent and inexpensive internet computer cameras are. These images are immediately downloaded into the patient bedside laptop computer for viewing by the patients. If the patient then wants to keep the image in front of him/her for a period of time, the nurse in charge of the patient can “freeze” this computer image. Some patients cannot leave their hospital beds for some period of time.
The very young patients’ parents could be interviewed to determine the young patient’s favorite fantasy hero. The hospital staff would then play the prerecorded, customized DVD to the young patient- giving him/her the message that ” Hello Amy (or other pre-recorded customized patient name) : This is “Snow White” (or other pre-recorded fantasy creature ) in the “land of fantasy”. “Grumpy” told me that you are hospitalized here in Sioux Valley Hospital (the hospital’s name). All of us here in the land of fantasy want you to know that we will be thinking of you while you are sick, you are very special to all of us and we all want you to get better as soon as possible. Please remember that all of us in the land of fantasy will be thinking of you”. Perhaps, a local professional theatre group would be willing to do the voice overs for the various fantasy creatures and Super Heros along with the customized names- i.e. Amy, Laura, Carrie, Brittany, Daniel, Thomas, Ben etc. for these pre-recorded DVD’s or CD’s.