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CheckMates, Helping Nurses Plan Ahead in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Máxima Medical Center, 5500 MB Veldhoven, The Netherlands
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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3010014
Received: 21 December 2018 / Revised: 1 March 2019 / Accepted: 6 March 2019 / Published: 9 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Multimodal Medical Alarms)
Workflow in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is relatively unpredictable, which makes it difficult to plan activities. Simple tasks, such as checking device statuses may be forgotten, resulting in disturbing alarms. In this paper, we will present CheckMates, ambient lighting displays, which visualize device statuses to provide nurses with more overview. We performed expert reviews to obtain insights into the different potentials of CheckMates. Additionally, we performed a simulation study to gather user experiences regarding the functioning of CheckMates and their capacity to improve planning in an NICU environment. The results showed a variety of potential benefits for increasing nurses’ overview of device statuses and their opportunities for workflow planning. Furthermore, CheckMates did not appear to be distracting. View Full-Text
Keywords: peripheral interaction; calm technology; neonatal intensive care unit; alarms; ambient displays for device status peripheral interaction; calm technology; neonatal intensive care unit; alarms; ambient displays for device status
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van Bentum, J.; Kommers, D.; Bakker, S.; Cabral Guerra, M.; van Pul, C.; Andriessen, P. CheckMates, Helping Nurses Plan Ahead in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 14.

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