Memory wire is a marvelous invention! Create your own unique one-of-a-kind memory wire bracelet using your favorite beads. The process is so simply you are going to want to make several for yourself and for gifts.
Things You’ll Need:
Memory wire bracelet
Round nose pliers
Step 1 – Curl one end of the memory wire bracelet slightly with a round nose pliers.
Step 2 – Slide the first bead on the memory wire. Push the bead to the end of the bracelet with the small curl. Continue to curl the wire with the round nose pliers until the end is wrapped around the first bead.
Step 3 – Fill the remaining memory wire bracelet with beads until approximately ½-inch of the wire remains.
Step 4 – Curl the end of the wire with the round nose pliers. Slide the last bead into the curl. Continue to curl the wire until it wraps around the bead.
Step 5 – Cut off the excess wire with a wire cutter.
Create a sculpted look to the beaded memory wire bracelet by using different dimension beads. The sculpted look adds character and creates a beautiful conversation piece.
New Handwashing Monitor Bracelet Could Cut Down on Hospital Borne Infections
MIT Technology Review recently noted that a new device that shows health care workers when they have successfully washed their hands will help cut down on the 100,000 deaths per year that occur because of infections that occur in hospitals.
A new startup called IntelligentM has created a bracelet that vibrates when its wearer has scrubbed sufficiently. This will allow health care workers such as doctors and nurses to monitor their own cleansing habits and hospital administrators to determine who is washing up properly and who is not.
The way the bracelet works is that it reads a RFID chip at the hand washing station and uses an accelerometer to determine how long the health care worker washes. The bracelet vibrates once if the person has washed sufficiently and three times if he or she has not.
The problem of hospital borne infections killing patients is a serious one, according to an article in Scientific America. Besides killing 100,000 patients a year from illnesses that are often unrelated to the disease or condition that brought them to the hospital to start with, hospital borne infections adds $45 billion a year to health care costs. That is a much lives taken and dollars spent as AIDS, breast cancer, and automobile accidents combined.
The federal government is starting to crack down on hospitals to force them to address the problem. Not only are hospitals being forced to report the incidents of infections but their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are being tied to their success in alleviating them.
Thus far three hospitals have started to use the IntelligentM hand washing monitoring technology, starting in December, 2012. Thus accurate statistics are as yet available as to how much using the devices have cut down on hospital borne infections. Furthermore some have complained that wearing the devices actually interferes with good hygienic practices as many health care workers wash up to their mid arms before seeing a patient.
Even so, because of the 24/7 nature of the technology and the fact that it is not labor intensive, the bracelets could be a new way to prevent many needless deaths and cut down on the cost of health care.