Real-Time Crowd-Sourced Oversight of Protective Equipment Donning/Doffing

UCF researchers have developed a system and methods that healthcare workers, firefighters and other first responders can use to ensure that they and colleagues worldwide properly don (put on) or doff (take off) personnel protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and other body coverings. The invention, called SterilEyes, enables professionals to record equipment donning/doffing attachment points, stream the recordings to multiple observers, and instantly receive feedback. An example attachment point is the wrist (where latex gloves are pulled over a coverall). Technical Details SterilEyes uses smartphones, associated apps, back-end computer servers and the internet to provide a crowd-sourced review and certifying service. With an iPhone, for example, a user can videotape a PPE procedure, such as donning a hazardous materials suit, and stream it to multiple locations. A unique user interface enables paid or volunteer observers to instantly send feedback to the user, who can also receive alerts about new reviews and information about the observers. In addition, the system lets users respond with a checklist of actions, provides data administration and stores videos and feedback. SterilEyes dynamically aggregates response data into a collective remote assessment of the protective state of the overall PPE or individual parts. The assessment includes an indication of the quality/confidence of the collective responses. With SterilEyes, participants can be located all over the world to provide 24/7 observer support. John Miner john.miner@ucf.edu 407.882.1136

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