Environmental Controllers, Disabled-Patient-Assistance, Switch-Activated
Definition : Controllers designed to allow disabled patients to remotely control a variety of equipment, usually located in a patient's immediate environment, which are activated using switch commands. These controllers are typically electronic units with easily accessible and securely mounted switches; they include a menu of commands. The control unit interacts (e.g., using radiofrequency or infrared energy) with receiving devices interfaced with appliances such as light switches, appliances (e.g., television sets, VCRs, CD players), and bed and door controls. The controllers typically include a built-in telephone set. Switch-activated disabled-patient-assistance controllers are intended to help people with different degrees of disability perform daily activities with a high degree of independence. Single-switch devices intended for patients that cannot handle more elaborated controllers are available.
Entry Terms : "Disabled-Patient-Assistance Environmental Controllers, Switch-Activated"
UMDC code : 24874