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dc.contributor.authorPallett, Edward
dc.contributor.authorMangat, Jasdip
dc.contributor.authorChung, Emma
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-30T10:59:10Z
dc.date.available2023-06-30T10:59:10Z
dc.date.issued2023-05-23
dc.identifier.citationCoats, T. J., Pallett, E., Mangat, J., & Chung, E. (2023). Improving communications in PPE: a solution for 'landline' telephone communication. Emergency medicine journal : EMJ, 40(6), 404–406. https://doi.org/10.1136/emermed-2023-213276en_US
dc.identifier.other10.1136/emermed-2023-213276
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12904/17304
dc.description.abstractBackground: Emergency care staff wearing elastomeric respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE) report difficulties in communicating by telephone. We developed and tested an affordable technological solution aimed at improving telephone call intelligibility for staff wearing PPE. Methods: A novel headset was created to enable a throat microphone and bone conduction headset to be used in combination with a standard hospital 'emergency alert' telephone system. Speech intelligibility of an ED staff member wearing PPE was compared between the proposed headset and current practice by simultaneously recording a version of the Modified Rhyme Test and a Key Sentences Test. Recordings were played back to a group of blinded ED staff listening to pairs of recordings under identical conditions. The proportion of correctly identified words was compared using a paired t-test. Results: Fifteen ED staff correctly identified a mean of 73% (SD 9%) words for speech communicated via the throat microphone system, compared with only 43% (SD 11%) of words for standard practice (paired t-test, p<0.001). Conclusions: Introduction of a suitable headset could significantly improve speech intelligibility during 'emergency alert' telephone calls.
dc.description.urihttps://emj.bmj.com/content/40/6/404en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectCommunicationen_US
dc.titleImproving communications in PPE: a solution for 'landline' telephone communicationen_US
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html.description.abstractBackground: Emergency care staff wearing elastomeric respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE) report difficulties in communicating by telephone. We developed and tested an affordable technological solution aimed at improving telephone call intelligibility for staff wearing PPE. Methods: A novel headset was created to enable a throat microphone and bone conduction headset to be used in combination with a standard hospital 'emergency alert' telephone system. Speech intelligibility of an ED staff member wearing PPE was compared between the proposed headset and current practice by simultaneously recording a version of the Modified Rhyme Test and a Key Sentences Test. Recordings were played back to a group of blinded ED staff listening to pairs of recordings under identical conditions. The proportion of correctly identified words was compared using a paired t-test. Results: Fifteen ED staff correctly identified a mean of 73% (SD 9%) words for speech communicated via the throat microphone system, compared with only 43% (SD 11%) of words for standard practice (paired t-test, p<0.001). Conclusions: Introduction of a suitable headset could significantly improve speech intelligibility during 'emergency alert' telephone calls.en_US
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