The UbiDuo has saved lives in the emergency room, and has ensured that doctors and nurses have been able to effectively communicate with patients who are ventilated or otherwise unable to speak.

The UbiDuo saving lives:

In 2014, a deaf man named Scott Walker was admitted to the emergency room with trouble breathing and discomfort in his lungs. The doctor on duty requested a sign language interpreter, but Scott had brought his UbiDuo with him, just in case, and was able to quickly and effectively inform the doctor of his condition. After some tests, the doctor found a life threatening blood clot in his lung. By the time an interpreter was available, Scott was already in an operating room and a surgeon was saving his life.

But you don’t have to take our word for it…

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged people across the United States, hospitals found themselves inundated with patients who needed to remain on ventilators in order to survive. Many of the patients arrived unconscious, only to wake up with a ventilator in place. In an effort to communicate, doctors and nurses began resorting to dry-erase boards and markers. One doctor knew about the UbiDuo and began ordering them for use in his emergency room.

Using a UbiDuo for communication with a patient on a ventilator is quicker and faster than using a whiteboard. You can receive information instantly on either side. Now we are using whiteboards and a pen that is being handed back and forth from person to person which raises the chance of infection. Using the UbiDuo reduces the risk of infection. For someone who can’t talk, writing on a whiteboard is a slow, tedious process. It is frustrating. Often you can’t get the correct answer, or the patient can’t get the meaning across the way you can by typing and seeing it on the screen. It is much easier to get feedback than writing on the whiteboard. There is less chance of error and less chance of misinterpretation with the UbiDuo.”


Dr. William Gallup