Eye-tracking and speech-generating technology to improve communication with intubated intensive care unit patients: initial experience

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We thank the patients and their families, the multidisciplinary working group: Aurélie Aubrey, Anouck Barougier, Delphine Chartier, Elodie Havard, Murielle Brondeau, Marie-Annis Lorrier, Sophie Mazoyer, René-Paul Demon, and Anne-Sophie Tregaro., Philippine David, Lena Soudre, Lucie Martin (Ecole publique de Journalisme de Tours, University of Tours, France) and the actors in the video Prof. Dominique Perrotin (father), Laureen Dahuron (patient), Mélanie Letourneur (nurse), Walid Darwiche (intensivist), Justine Kauz-Bernard (medical student), all of the members of our unit, as well as the companies Tobii Dynavox and Xtensia.

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Correspondence to Laëtitia Bodet-Contentin.

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The protocol was reported to the CNIL (Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés) no. 2015_037.

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This project was undertaken in an academic setting and funding was provided by an unrestricted grant from a private foundation: MACSF (Mutuelle d’Assurance du Corps de Santé Français, Putaux, France). The systems were purchased from Tobii Dynavox (Danderyd, Sweden) at a discounted price. The mobile arm enabling easy use of the system in the setting of an intensive care unit was developed in collaboration with Xtensia Eurl, Tours, France. APTRM (Association pour la Promotion à Tours de la Réanimation Médicale), which is an academic association of the intensive care unit of the Tours university hospital, financed the video production. All of the participants in the project are employees of the Tours university hospital (CHRU de Tours).

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Bodet-Contentin, L., Gadrez, P. & Ehrmann, S. Eye-tracking and speech-generating technology to improve communication with intubated intensive care unit patients: initial experience. Intensive Care Med 44, 676–677 (2018) doi:10.1007/s00134-018-5093-0

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