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Design and evaluation of an electronic triage system for prehospital monitoring of patients

Abstract

Prehospital emergency triage involves prioritising patients and deciding who are in the most urgent need of treatment and medical intervention. Currently used triage methods do not support simple sharing of patient-related information, making it challenging for emergency personnel to monitor the number, location and medical status of patients involved in an incident. We present the design and evaluation of an electronic system that facilitates patient tracking and monitoring of vital parameters from the incident scene to place of treatment. The system comprises a patient electronic triage bracelet, which communicates with software applications for patient monitoring. We tested the system in two situations: real-life, daily operations involving real patients over 1 month and in a 1-day, large-scale, mass casualty exercise. Results are presented, along with lessons learned and suggestions for future research.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • EC/FP7 / 261817 BRIDGE
  • EC/FP7 / 261817 Bridge

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Digital / Software and Service Innovation
  • Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate
  • SINTEF Digital / Smart Sensor Systems
  • Høgskulen på Vestlandet
  • University of Stavanger
  • Stavanger Hospital Trust - Stavanger University Hospital

Year

2017

Published in

International Journal of Emergency Management

ISSN

1471-4825

Volume

13

Issue

4

Page(s)

328 - 348

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