“DeltaScan is finally a technology that benefits everyone”
– Prof. dr. B. de Mol, head Cardiothoracic Surgery AMC Heart center.
I am a patient
During my stay in hospital, I was well cared for, physically and mentally. The nurses used DeltaScan to check me 3 times per day for delirium. While lying in bed or sitting in my chair, they applied a Patch on my head. It looked like a self-adhesive strip, that reached from my crown to my forehead. I did not feel it at all. All I had to do is lie or sit still with my eyes closed for about a minute, while my brain was scanned. Without any pain or discomfort, the patch was removed after the scan. The nurses seemed to be content with the result, they read a number from the monitor. I recovered well.
How Deltascan works
To help patients recover well, it is important to monitor their vital signs and to detect delirium as soon as it develops. To help nurses and doctors detect and monitor delirium in patients, the University Medical Center Utrecht and Prolira BV developed a practical device: DeltaScan. Delirium is acute failure of the brain. DeltaScan uses EEG (electroencephalography) technology to quickly scan the patient’s brain activity for delirium features. Using DeltaScan is nearly as simple as taking a blood pressure. Nurses and doctors 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. 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, it may be required to clip a little strip of hair (30 by 6 mm) on the crown (in case the patient has hair on the crown), so that the soft gel in the Patch touches the skin between the hair. A self-adhesive Hairlock provided by Prolira can be used to gently keep surrounding hair out of the way.
The nurse will instruct the patient to sit still on a chair or lie in bed with the eyes closed for a minute. The nurse presses a hand-held recording button as long as the patient complies. After successful completion of the scan, the Patch can be removed without any pain or even discomfort, and without leaving any residue. The result (delirium probability) is shown on the Monitor. Daily delirium monitoring is an important check for patient safety and recovery.
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