Note: This thread is related to #Coronavirus #COVID19

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Matt Kubota @mattkubota product designer building @vocableapp. previously @willowtreeapps. alum @ncstate. Mar. 17, 2020 1 min read

please circulate! we've just released a free app for ventilator-dependent patients to communicate with head movements.

a thread on covid-19, ventilators, communication:

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data from wuhan and northern italy suggests that between 4–10% of new covid-19 cases will require ventilator support and tracheal intubation, an invasive procedure to help get oxygen to the body in the case of sudden hypoxia.

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while on a ventilator, patients may have extreme difficulty communicating with medical professionals, even more so for those that have preexisting motor impairments. e.g. spinal cord injuries, tetraplegia, stoke victims, etc.

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my colleagues at @willowtreeapps and I have just released a completely free app that enables those with difficulty communicating to "speak" in a care setting by using their head movements to communicate.

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we've been building it for those with spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other neuro conditions, but have realized that the app may be extremely useful for intubated patients during this outbreak.

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it's called Vocable AAC and you can download it immediately on the apple app store or google play store. right now, it works on most android phones/tablets and FaceID-supported ios devices.

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please share with those in the #COVID19 community or anybody that you know that may benefit from a tool like this. please reach out to me with any questions.

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update: some are finding it difficult to find in the app store. it COULD mean your device isn't supported (yet) but here are the links just in case. apple app store:  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/vocable-aac/id1497040547 

google play store:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.willowtree.vocable 

also if you're an open source developer, here are the githubs if you're interested in contributing. ios github:  https://github.com/willowtreeapps/vocable-ios 

android github:  https://github.com/willowtreeapps/vocable-android 

thank you everyone ❤️ let’s keep supporting each other in any way we know how to


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