Accession Number : ADA548363


Title :   Computer-Assisted Communication Device for Botulinum-Intoxicated Patients


Descriptive Note : Journal article


Corporate Author : ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH INST OF CHEMICAL DEFENSE ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD


Personal Author(s) : Adler, Michael ; Sweeney, Richard E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a548363.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 14


Abstract : A Computer-Assisted Communication Device (CACD) was developed for patients paralysed by botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) who are unable to speak due to toxin-induced dysphonia or obstruction from an endotracheal tube for assisted ventilation. The system uses pre-programmed menus and synthetic speech to allow for patient-initiated communication. The CACD was designed to meet the needs of patients who possess normal cognition and hearing, but impaired vision, and who are extensively paralysed but still able to press a switch to make menu choices. The CACD will allow patients to interact more effectively with their health care providers which should aid in their recovery.


Descriptors :   *BACTERIAL TOXINS , *CLOSTRIDIUM BOTULINUM , *COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT , *MEDICAL SERVICES , *PATIENTS , COGNITION , COMPUTER APPLICATIONS , OBSTRUCTION(PHYSIOLOGY) , PARALYSIS , PRESSING(FORMING) , RECOVERY , SPEECH , SYNTHESIS(CHEMISTRY) , VENTILATION


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Microbiology
      Radio Communications


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE