(CBS4) – Dr. Matthew Salzburg was doing some work on vacation hours after his COVID-19 vaccine shot.
He told CBS4, “Just a little bit of pain, but we feed you the regular flu pill.”
Dr. The Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCHealth Hospital in Salzburg Aurora often helps COVID patients. Now he is helping in a different way, but is wearing a device to track his reactions after his vaccination.
“This is great technology,” he explains as he reveals the “biobutton” produced by Golden-based company, Biondellisense.
It communicates via Bluetooth with its smartphone and an app tells it how things are going, plus the company monitors it.
“You get a report every two hours from the company that tells you what your vitals have been doing for the past several hours.”
The device shows his chest and the Chief Innovation Officer at UCHealth and the Chief Innovation Officer of Chief Emergency Services at UCHealth Hospital. Richard is strapped to Zen’s chest, measuring and transmitting data about heart rate, temperature, respiratory rate, and a certain degree of movement.
Dr. “There are reactions that we are not aware of,” said Zayn. “This is a new vaccine, and it appears to be extremely safe based on clinical trial data … We want to be especially wary of that elderly, fragile patient population. So we look for that patient population Which is a cause of deterioration. So there is a problem of fever. Any increase in the rate of respiration, the rate of rise of a pulse increases and what does it mean in conjunction with movement. “
Devices can detect small signs of complications not just with the vaccine, but infection with the virus.
A total of 100 people are receiving the device with their shots. They both receive them one day before each shot, then wear them a week later.
“All we can do is use an algorithm to be able to distinguish between the side effects of the vaccine and whether an active COVID infection can occur.”
“We’re going to be able to keep an eye on you and make sure you’re okay with it,” Dr. Salzburg explained. “There are people who are monitoring remotely and so these apps can alert you and they can reach you too.”
This would be the case with some dangerous looking data. People could be called to receive medical care or potentially, even sent to an ambulance.
Dr. Salzburg checked the data a few hours after his shot.
“In the first four hours after my shot, no change,” he said.
“We are not seeing anything. It’s too early now, “Dr. Said Zayn.
But they will collect data and use it to better handle the virus and warn of any reaction to the vaccine.
“They can develop vaccine complications that can be interpreted as COVIDs and they can develop COVIDs that can be interpreted as complications from the vaccine and we can distinguish between the two.”
Devices are indeed a future in healthcare. Hospitals and other health care facilities can use them to track people suffering from a variety of diseases.
“We are very broad indeed. We are thinking of patients difficult to control diabetes, heart failure, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, ”Dr. Said Zayn.
Hospital-released patients with COVID sometimes return after symptoms have fallen and woke up. Applying biobutton or similar equipment on them can help hospitals intervene when they have problems.
Dr. Zen also sees another use.
“We imagine that people with skilled nursing facilities will be wearing such a device all the time, let alone after being vaccinated.”