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Designing for relaxation in the ER : a contribution to delirium prevention in older patients

Sagel, J.C. (2023) Designing for relaxation in the ER : a contribution to delirium prevention in older patients.

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Abstract:Older patients in the emergency department have a high risk of delirium, a condition that is described as an acute deterioration of attention and awareness, not explained by preexisting conditions. Prevention of delirium is important, as it has negative consequences, among which negative experiences of care and an increased 6-month mortality rate. However, the staff’s lack of knowledge, recognition and awareness of delirium and the nurses’ rigid routines complicate the acceptance of new technologies. A contextual inquiry and co-design sessions were executed to gain an understanding of the patient’s experience, to map the patient’s and nurse’s needs, andto map the design opportunities for delirium prevention through patient relaxation. The latter is used for the design of Birdhome, which consists out of a soothing nature video with sound projected on the ceiling and interactive birdhouse, which was evaluated at the emergency department of Vestfold Hospital Trust, Norway.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Vestfold Hospital Trust, Tønsberg, Norway
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
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