– Prof. dr. B. de Mol, head Cardiothoracic Surgery AMC Heart center.
I am a healthcare professional
As a nurse, I wish to provide the best possible to care to the patients that are entrusted to my care. Detection of delirium is an important task, as delirium may lead to serious and lasting downstream complications and can be a distressing experience to patients and their loved ones, that slows down recovery. DeltaScan helps to make my task clear and easy. On my round, I give my patients their medication, provide woundcare, measure their vital signs such as the blood pressure and scan the patient’s brain activity for delirium. It is key to detect delirium as early as possible!
How Deltascan works
To help healthcare professionals detect and monitor delirium, University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands and Prolira BV developed a practical device: DeltaScan. Delirium is acute failure of the brain. DeltaScan uses EEG (electroencephalography) technology to scan the patient’s brain activity for delirium features. Using DeltaScan is nearly as simple as taking a blood pressure. Nurses and physicians can apply DeltaScan for daily monitoring of the patients who are at risk of delirium, at their bedside.
Healthcare professionals can scan patients’ brain activity for delirium symptoms, 3 times per day, as recommended in most national delirium guidelines. A disposable DeltaScan Patch is applied to the patient’s head. The Patch is connected to the DeltaScan Monitor via a cable. The DeltaScan Patch is self-adhesive and contains gel and electrodes for the EEG measurement.
For the first measurement on a patient (in case the patient has hair on the crown of the head) it is required to clip a strip of 30 by 6 mm of hair, such that skin is exposed, for the electrode on the crown of the head (EEG electrode position Pz). Prolira’s self-adhesive HairLock can be used to gently keep surrounding hair out of the way.
The healthcare professional will instruct the patient to sit still on a chair or lie in bed with the eyes closed for a minute. The healthcare professional presses a hand-held recording button as long as the patient complies. The time lapse is indicated on the connector on the cheek of the patient and displayed on the Monitor.
After successful completion of the scan, the Patch can be removed and disposed of. The result (the Delirium Probability) is shown on the Monitor as: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.
1 stands for brain activity not indicative of delirium. 5 stands for brain activity indicative of delirium.
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