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Simple rules for videoconferencing with patients
Medical consultation on video are different from that in the office, they require your full attention.
Not too high and not too low
Avoid learning to far forward
Choose the right equipment for your setting (speakers, microphone, headphones)
Avoid screaming or speaking loudly
Wear professional attire
Be aware of glare with eye glasses
Avoid sharply contrasting cloths
Avoid jewelry maid of reflective materials
Avoid messy backgrounds
Distracting background pictures
You might not appear engaged if you continuously take notes while videoconferencing.
To show empathy, lean slightly forward and look directly into the camera
Never talk about previous patients
Why routine is important for patients with dementia?
• Routines are stored in long-term memory Alzheimer usually affects short-term memory first
• Routines are often accessible even into the middle stages of disease
• Routines help people cope with signs of memory loss, they reinforce the sense of independence and help retain some skills longer
• Routines provide a greater sense of peace and security
• Structure and routines lessen agitation and troublesome behaviors, leading causes for assisted living and nursing facility placement
Why routine is important for caregivers?
• Daily routines decrease stress for caregivers
• Daily routines can help create time that caregivers can use for themselves
• By creating an environment that is predictable, days often go more smoothly
• When the person with dementia is less agitated, there are more opportunities for moments of joy and connection
• Daily routines can help facilitate the transition to memory care community or nursing home.
- Telehealth Academy
Currently, telemedicine is used in many different medical fields, throughout ambulatory and hospital settings. However, medical video consultations differ profoundly from face-to-face meetings and require adjustments in examination routine, equipment, setting, self-awareness, and communication between patients and healthcare providers.
Only a tiny part of the surroundings is visible, and some even think they don't even need to be fully dressed! In reality, the first and most important rule of the medical video consultations is, "Do not do anything you would not do in a face-to-face meeting with the patient."
Video calls can actually demand more preparations than meetings in person.
Whereas the practice setting has been thought through for face-to-face consultations and unhampered workflow, video consultations are new to many health care professionals. There are several key points to take into consideration.
- Don't do anything you won't do in face-to-face meetings
- Wear professional attire
- Consider camera-friendly colors, no sharply contrasting cloths, no stripes
- Avoid reflective materials and be aware of glare with eyeglasses
- Be aware of what is in your background and avoid doors behind you
- Avoid glossy surfaces, rocking chairs, and other visual distractions
- Think of the right equipment for your setting (camera, speakers, microphone, headphones)
- Avoid audio distractions - noisy environments, curious cats or dogs, doorbells, assistants coming into the consultation room
- Avoid the camera being too high or too low
- Run a test with your friends or colleagues
- Telehealth Academy
While the use of telemedicine in the U.S. had been limited to certain groups before COVID-19, like patients with no transportation means or busy individuals with limited time, interest in and implementation of telemedicine has expanded rapidly during the crisis.
Since hospitals and medical practices were considered high-risk areas due to the higher probability of catching COVID-19, policymakers, insurers, health systems, health care providers have looked for ways to deliver health care to patients in their homes.
With the growing demand for telemedicine, several changes have been made to telehealth policy, coverage, and implementation, to make telemedicine more widely accessible during the pandemic. This means there is a need for a comprehensive framework that allows a professional to triage and to determine which patients need face-to-face consultations and which can be seen online.
Health care providers are called upon to help individuals make crucial health care decisions and determine when and where to seek urgent or routine medical attention.