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A Clinical Trial of the Effect of a Blood Leakage Detection Device for Patients during Hemodialysis

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Department of Creative Product Design, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 1, Nan-Tai Street, Yungkang District, Tainan 71005, Taiwan
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Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital Tainan Branch, No. 427, Fuxing Road, Yongkang District, Tainan 71051, Taiwan
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Department of Electrical Engineering, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 1, Nan-Tai Street, Yungkang District, Tainan 71005, Taiwan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(13), 2388; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16132388
Received: 15 June 2019 / Revised: 2 July 2019 / Accepted: 4 July 2019 / Published: 5 July 2019
In hemodialysis, vascular access is usually achieved through an arteriovenous fistula, and a dislodged needle can cause varying degrees of injury to patients. In severe cases, the loss of blood can prove to be fatal. This study proposed a blood leakage detection device for patients during hemodialysis (HD). First, the device was tested on a phantom arm, and later in a clinical test on patients receiving HD. The thoughts of the patients and the nursing staff involved were surveyed before and after the introduction of the device. Analysis of the results indicated that the device achieved 100% and 98.9% accuracy rates on the phantom arm test and clinical test, respectively. The results suggested that patients believed the device could reduce their mental anxiety, and the nursing staff considered the device reliable and that it would enhance the quality of care. The proposed detection device can be extended to similar applications for preventing catheter dislodgement, and to improve patient safety and reduce the stress of clinical nursing staff. View Full-Text
Keywords: blood leakage detection device; hemodialysis (HD), quality of care; risk control blood leakage detection device; hemodialysis (HD), quality of care; risk control
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Ou, Y.-K.; Wu, M.-J.; Ciou, W.-S.; Du, Y.-C. A Clinical Trial of the Effect of a Blood Leakage Detection Device for Patients during Hemodialysis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2388.

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