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

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

Category
Journal publication
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.
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
  • University of Stavanger
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Stavanger Hospital Trust - Stavanger University Hospital
Year
2017
Published in
International Journal of Emergency Management
ISSN
1471-4825
Publisher
Interscience Publishers
Volume
13
Issue
4
Page(s)
328 - 348