Installing health monitors for patients who wish to return home after undergoing treatment or surgery at a hospital could offer them more choice, it has been asserted.
In news that may be of interest to those seeking homecare for themselves or a friend or family member, the Arizona Republic notes that such a system involves fitting a blood-pressure cuff, a pulse oximeter and a computer monitor that is able to capture and transfer data to a remote site where nurses can screen the results.
Gerald Dombek, who had come out of hospital after being treated for pneumonia and heart problems, experienced the benefit of such a scheme.
"You really can't get rest in a hospital, so I said, 'Sure [to being monitored from home]. My big thing was - I'd do anything to get out of the hospital," he explained.
Heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive-pulmonary disease are the most common conditions the use of the system is beneficial for.
Mr Dombek said that it made him feel good to know that there was a health professional looking out for him.
Meanwhile, a study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers and their colleagues has claimed that of end-of-life conversations between patients and caregivers may be beneficial to both parties, Eurekalert notes.