Alexa, tell a nurse I’m in pain!Alexa,play me classic music

Those are familiar voice commands as patients call on Alexa the messenger,or is she?The answer can be found at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

One thing for sure is that this technological innovation has transformed hospital wards into ‘Super wards_or ‘Super rooms.

First installed in February 2018 as a pilot project,it now covers more than 100 rooms.and the future is promising.

Developed by Amazon,Alexa is one of the of latest technologies that seem to have a long way ahead.This voice controlled assistant works on smart speakers(Amazon Echo Dot) and operates on healthcare software or platform called Aiva.

What does it do?? From distructing patients off pain,anxiety, loneliness, provides entertainments, connecting patients with hospital staff, to connecting patients with the outside world this tech is worth banking on.

Alexa is a voice command assistant,just like ‘Siri’,on IPhone. Patients can call a nurse,switch on devices like TV,changing TV channels,access weather,playing music and more….by voice command.

The nurse call is delivered to respective nurse’s mobile device, in text message form and the sender gets feedback that the message is delivered.

‘So far nurses are also responding positively to the technology’says Peachy Hain,Executive Director of medical and surgical services at the hospital. Nurses can now concentrate on nursing the patients without having to switch on and changing TV channels.


Nurse invention

Know of any nurses inventions?Not all nurses concentrated merely on provision of their intended services;as such we do have nurses who went beyond their duty call to contribute in a great way to medical and health innovations.

This time lets focus on one of our super nurses inventions.We say one as there are several inventions,some of which will be focused on, in our next publications.

Ostomy bag:Yes!ostomy bag is one of them.Imagine after colostomy or ileostomy surgery and the patient is left with exposed stoma expelling faecal matter timeously,causing embarassment and need for frequent cleaning.

As was the case with stoma surgery patients,they were sent home for self care.Apart from body image disturbance,patients had to endure social stigma and isolate themselves from the general public.(Medscape)

Witnessing how vulnerable her sister was,Danish nurse,Elise Sorenson had to step in.It was in 1954 when she developed a disposable prototype bag for her sister, more like ones in use today.She contacted a plastic firm,Dansk Plastic Emballage for mass production.

Today stoma bags are the answer to manage stoma contents, conceals smells and restore patients self esteem and dignity.Thanks Elise….