Social Media Enabling Tele-ICU Services in Syria
See Also: Critical Care in Syria, Grim Reality
Dr. Moughrabieh was keen to act after viewing CPR being performed inadequately on an injured civilian on a YouTube video of a street scene in Homs, Syria. He recruited volunteer Arabic-speaking clinicians based in North America to develop and staff the programme. They trained ICU nurses working in conflict areas in Syria to use technology, including Viber, WhatsApp and Google applications to communicate and take medical orders from clinicians in the U.S. They also use inexpensive video cameras. The programme has been delivered at minimal cost (c. US$1,000 a year), which mostly covers satellite internet costs, with funding from humanitarian organisations such as the Syrian American Medical Society.
The Syria Tele-ICU Program currently comprises around 20 intensivists who provide clinical decision support 24 hours per day. A cloud-based electronic medical record is used for physician documentation and a medication administration record for nurses.
The researchers believe that programmes like theirs may be feasible in other regions at war, if conditions allow.
Source: American Thoracic Society
Image credit: Dr. Anas Moughrabieh
Published on : Mon, 15 Feb 2016
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