Veterans’ charity helps ease the pain with new high-tech app

The new technology is helping ex-servicemen deal with the pain they continually experience from old war wounds.

Veterans’ charity Erskine is using a groundbreaking new app that tells medical staff just how much residents are suffering on a daily basis.

PainChek uses artificial intelligence to analyze facial expressions, which in turn indicate ex-military pain levels.

Erskine bosses say the groundbreaking science is enabling nurses and carers to carry out a daily assessment of each of the charity’s 330 care home residents.

This means staff can then decide what treatment or medication each resident might need.

Due to their age and infirmity, many residents are often unable to tell staff if they are in pain or the extent of their pain, especially those with dementia.

Erskine says the technology, which works in conjunction with a smartphone, laptop or tablet, can provide residents with a better quality of life.

Derek Barron, director of care at Erskine, told The Gazette: “The introduction of the PainChek app helps us improve the quality of care for residents by identifying those who may be suffering.

“This is particularly important for people with dementia who may not be able to verbalize that they are in pain and become distressed because of it.

“Technology is deeply embedded in supporting the provision and delivery of care at Erskine and this is the latest example.”

Erskine, which was founded in 1916, during the First World War, is Scotland’s largest healthcare provider for military veterans, caring for Army, Navy and RAF veterans and their spouses in care homes in Bishopton, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

It also operates a veterans’ village in Bishopton, consisting of over 70 homes and an activity center.

PainCheck director Pete Shergill said he expects the technology to be rolled out to care homes across the UK in the near future.

He added, “Erskine is leading by example in recognizing the importance of accurate pain assessment for effective chronic and acute pain management in our aging population.

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