Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety and Health Care (November 27, 2015) – Have a Safe Thanksgiving!

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) wishes all of you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In a recent survey PPAHS conducted, we looked at technological tools nurses would like to have to better perform their tasks. This survey looks at attitudes and beliefs about current technologies, as well as it asks what technologies nurses’ wish they could have.

Almost in answer to our survey, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have invented a device ingestible sensor measures heart and breathing rates:

Ingestigible Sensor
Ingestigible Sensor

Giovanni Traverso, a research affiliate at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and one of the lead authors of a paper describing the device, said:

Through characterization of the acoustic wave, recorded from different parts of the GI tract, we found that we could measure both heart rate and respiratory rate with good accuracy.

What do you think of swallowing a patient sensor?

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