With interlock devices becoming more common, how do you tell them apart?
The answer could be in your hand.
The technology is designed to automatically unlock devices when they are inserted into a patient’s pocket.
It’s the first time this has been used in Australia.
Dr Richard Atherton, a professor of psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and the director of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, says it is important to remember that interlock systems are different to other medical devices such as pacemakers.
“I don’t think we should be surprised that they are different from a pacemaker,” he says.
But Dr Atherson warns that it is not uncommon for people to mistake interlock to be a pacemaker.
Interlock is more like a pacifier than a device that can be inserted into the body.
For example, if a patient asks you to insert a pacicle into their arm, you might be asked to insert it into their pocket.
The Interlock Device Network is a partnership between the Australian Health Services, the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australian and Māori College of Physicians, the Queensland Health Services and the Health Practitioners Association of Queensland.
What’s it like to use?
Interlocks can be a bit of a challenge to use.
You’ll need to hold the device firmly in place for a few seconds.
You’ll then be prompted to insert the device into the patient’s body and let it go.
Dr Atherston says you’ll need the patient to remain still for several seconds to avoid any movement of the device, which is intended to stop the blood flowing to the interlock.
Once the device has been inserted, the device can be turned off and the patient can then return to their usual activities.
Dr Anselt says interlocks should be used for routine checks to detect the presence of any other medical conditions such as diabetes or asthma.
There are two main reasons for this, according to Dr Ansels: 1) to ensure the interlocks are used safely and 2) to prevent a patient from becoming a robot.
He says that patients who have other medical problems can also use them for this purpose.
However, they should only do so in emergency situations.
When you’re not wearing an interlock, you can ask your doctor or nurse to turn it off, or you can wait for an urgent call.
Dr Houghton says the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure the patient is comfortable.
“The primary concern is getting them to relax and not make any movement, and to be able to get a good scan of their body, which could be something like a blood test,” she says.
If a patient has any medical problems, you will need to assess them first, and then put the device back in place.
Dr Tait says you should be aware that you may have to give the patient more time to relax, and also that there is a risk of a blood clot forming if the device is not inserted quickly enough.
If the patient starts to have an abnormal response, or if they become agitated, then the device should be removed and the interlocking removed.
In a small number of cases, the patient may require a surgical intervention, such as removing a tumour, and should not be left in place indefinitely.
If the device isn’t inserted quickly, there may be a risk that the interlocked device can fall out.
Dr Yancey says you may need to keep the device in place until it becomes a problem again.
If you’re worried about your interlock getting lost or stolen, you may also need to use a second device to take pictures of it.
Dr Kait says it’s important to use the inter lock device in a safe manner, and that people who have a medical condition or have allergies should not use it.
“I do think that it should be the same for everyone.
It’s just a matter of how safe it is for the patient and their family,” she said.