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Recornect was present at the Design in Mental Health Conference & Exhibition in Birmingham, UK to show thier latest product, the Cowall. Recornect shared a booth together with Britplas, a company specialised in windows for secure environments. In this way visitors saw the potential connection between the awardwinning Safevent window and the Cowall. For more information about this event, please visit the website.
In the last few months students from the SintLucas college AudioVisual Design have contributed to the project ‘a window to the world’. In this project students created relax videos that could assist psychiatric patients in their recovery process when they are placed in seclusion. This has results in four videos that have been added to the theme library of Recornect.
On march 27 the clinical center Kristal in Nootdorp (NL) was officially opened. Kristal is a healthcare center for people with a mental disability and (suspected) psychiatric problems. It is the first of its kind in the Netherlands with its use of an extra secure room (EBK). The EBK includes a communication wall through which the patient is able to use the interactive screen to contact staff and family and use various other applications to relax, distract and provide control to the patient. The system will be expanded with new apps that are tailored towards the individual needs of the patients within this setting.
On the 27th of February the first Cowall has been delivered to Ipse de Bruggen. The communication wall is placed in the high-security room (EBK) at Klinisch Centrum Kristal, a collaboration between Ipse de Bruggen (mentally challenged care) and Rivierduinen (mental healthcare). The official commissioning is planned on March 27.
Located in Son, the Dutch company Recornect has secured financial support from the Bright Move innovation funds for the development of a communication wall for use in seclusion rooms within psychiatry wards. The product called Cowall, supports the patient with his/her recovery process and provides means to communicate with people outside the facility.
In the world of psychiatry many complex situations occur with severe loss of control and feelings of frustration. This may lead to cases of seclusion and restraint. Although the number of seclusion events have reduced in recent years, it still is one of the most frequently used methods in these situations. The usage of technology during crisis situations is a logical next step to further reduce the negative effects of these treatment.
The design of the Cowall is based on direct feedback from service users and experienced staff members. A lot of detail has been given to user friendliness for both the patient and staff members. The Cowall is made with special safety glass which enables patients within a medium to high secure space to use means to communicate, interact and receive support.
Staff can remotely control which applications are accessible on the communication wall. Depending on the environment and patient, various apps can be provided through user profiles: video calling, radio & television, drawing, notepad, games, access information and control of the environment.
Next to mental health institutes, the communication wall is also usable in other environments where a robust interaction means in required. Examples are: facilities for intellectual disability, child, youth and elderly care homes, prisons, police stations, hospitals and schools.
“This is a nice example of an important social innovation from our region”, says Arnoud de Geus, from Sioux Technology. This is fully in line with the opinion from Bright Move, who is one of the investors in the project. For the development of the communication wall Recornect has received support from Bright Move through financing and advice. With this support, the company develops their first prototype, quickly followed by the final product that is ready for the market.
Today Recornect received their first order for a Cowall. The expected date for installation is planned in February 2014. With reaching this important milestone, the Recornect team is expecting an exciting and fruitful 2014.
On friday the 13 september Recornect will give a presentation on the new Communication Wall at the Dutch Mental Health organization GGZ-Nederland for an audience of project managers that are active in the field of Seclusion and Restraint.
Furthermore, there will also be meeting with several people that have shown interest in the Cowall. Tessa Koster, central coordinator S&R for the Netherlands will host this meeting together with Recornect.
From 15 May 2013 onwards, no new seclusion rooms can be installed within Dutch mental healthcare institutes. Mental health patients can only be placed in a so-called extra-safe room in combination with intensive care protocols. This can be read in the new guidelines for seclusion. The cowall product complies completely with these new guidelines.
The document (in Dutch) can be downloaded through the following link: Veldnorm insluiting.pdf