Nosocomial infection control by wireless sensor network in Intensive Care Unit
Sima Ajami1, Fahimeh Zerganipor2
1 Department of Health Information Technology and Management, School of Medical Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Medical Records, Golestan Hospital, Golestan Alley, Farvardin Ave., Ahvaz, Iran
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Department of Health Information Technology and Management, School of Medical Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Hezarjerib Avenue, P. O. Box: 81745.346, Isfahan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Ajami S, Zerganipor F. Nosocomial infection control by wireless sensor network in Intensive Care Unit. J Res Med Sci 2016;21:35
Nosocomial infections are a common complication in patients who have been taken to Intensive Care Units due to breathing deficiency, trauma, and major surgical attempts and have been defined as an infection acquired during or a result of hospitalization.
It imposes a financial burden on the health care system as well as increasing mortality rate.
Lack of proper monitoring systems to prevent transmission of the infection has led to more challenges in this area.
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) which are composed of several nodes and gates are favorable standard technologies to control patients with nosocomial infection.
They are significantly useful in community's health promotion such as monitoring of patients, diagnosis, prescription, and distribution of medicine in hospitals, remote monitoring of physiological data, and particularly, identification and control of nosocomial infection.,,
Given the importance of smart healthcare provision for elderly patients, permanent patients, and children, researchers have investigated complementary methods to promote healthcare services. Remote monitoring of patients that has increased with the advent of mobile and wireless systems is not a new idea, but it is rather a low-cost mean which ensures understanding of the environment and is considered suitable for deployment on the patient's body because of its wireless nature. It minimized the need to healthcare provider's help for elders and people who suffer chronic. Moreover, the applications of WSN are considered in military, environment, household, business, and healthcare fields, the most important of which can be remote monitoring of physiological data, tracking, and supervising patients and physicians in a hospital, use of medicine through requirements such as coverage, reliability, security, and interactivity.
Finally, the WSN is an effective, scalable, and reliable smart system to control health at home, healthcare, and emergency centers with the ability to send patient's clinical symptoms to a physician immediately.
Financial support and sponsorship
This article resulted from part of research project number 393204 funded by the vice chancellor for research of the School of Medical Management and Information Sciences, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, as a master sciences thesis.
Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.
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