Managing alarms

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MARIA (DEVICE SUPPORT SPECIALIST):

Some of the most common alarms that patients experience are their battery needs to be replaced, the arrays are losing contact with the scalp. Sometimes an alarm happens from heat or sweat, as well as something is disconnected.

LYNN:

00:00:17

Since I’m so used to wearing it, I kind of forget I’m wearing it and all of a sudden the battery runs out. And oh, why is it alarming? And I look and I see there’s no more dots.

TAYLOR:

If the battery dies in the Optune, the battery light right there will be yellow. And I basically just take a new battery, stick it in, turn it on, and it’ll do its little reset thing. And then, once all the lights turn off and then back on, I can hit the TTF button.

LARRY:

00:00:45

One of the things that causes the alarms is hair growth. It pushes the discs off of her head.

LYNN:

So I know, okay, it’s time to change the arrays.

DARRELL:

Some of the alarms I get were from heat.

MARIA (DEVICE SUPPORT SPECIALIST):

00:01:00

When I speak to my patients about heat and sweat alarms, I recommend that they invest in headwear that is light and breathable.

TAYLOR:

So my heat alarm is going off as I’m standing in direct sunlight with a black hat on. One thing that I like to keep, heat alarms at bay is this hat. It’s not an Optune hat, but it is a Cool Breeze hat. So it’s got a solar panel on the top and it has a little fan on the front that spins when it’s in direct sunlight. And turn it back on, and no alarm.

HEATHER (CARE COORDINATOR):

00:01:31

And the connection cable, and one of the most common alarms is when one of the array cords will accidentally slip out of the connection cable.

OSMOND:

These are the four ports that need to be included. So if you unplug one of these, and it often happens to me if I make a sudden movement, you’ll get that beep and the red light. I find it, plug it back in, you press treatment and it is back on and it is blue.

ANDREA:

00:01:56

We’ve never had an alarm that we haven’t been able to fix ourselves or if we couldn’t fix it ourselves, contact the nCompass Support Team and get their help troubleshooting.

HEATHER (CARE COORDINATOR):

Our team is available 24/7. So if you experience any alarming in the middle of the night, you can just pick up the phone and give us a call and we’ll be able to assist you.

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