How a reverse motion detector helps a Boston physician save lives

Megan Knowles - Print  | 

Jessie Gaeta, MD, internist and CMO of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, can find and revive patients who have overdosed using a reverse motion detector, according to The Boston Globe.

The detector flashes lights and emits a loud screeching sound when a bathroom occupant does not move for two minutes and 50 seconds.

The alarm almost always signals a person has been knocked unconscious by an injected drug and could die soon if no action is taken. Dr. Gaeta wears a naloxone kit on a lanyard around her neck, always ready to save a person with the overdose-reversing drug.

As a medical student, Dr. Gaeta said she wanted to become a physician to the homeless, and now her patients fascinate her with their complex life stories and resilience.

"I tend to just be blown away by the kind of things people went through and survived," she said.

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