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Pilot implementation of a technologically advanced system for the optimization of pre-hospital, trauma patient care

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dc.contributor.author Vagianos, CE en
dc.contributor.author Dimopoulou, E en
dc.contributor.author Tsiftsis, D en
dc.contributor.author Spyropoulos, C en
dc.contributor.author Spyrakopoulos, P en
dc.contributor.author Vagenas, K en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T02:00:34Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T02:00:34Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en
dc.identifier.issn 1306-696X en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/29117
dc.subject Geographic Information System en
dc.subject Global Positioning System en
dc.subject pre-hospital care en
dc.subject telemedicine en
dc.subject trauma en
dc.subject.other TELEMEDICINE en
dc.title Pilot implementation of a technologically advanced system for the optimization of pre-hospital, trauma patient care en
heal.type journalArticle en
heal.language English en
heal.publicationDate 2010 en
heal.abstract BACKGROUND Cooperation between medical informatics, wireless communication and pre-hospital emergency services is essential for the optimal pre-hospital patient treatment. The use of technological innovations improves medical care in the pre-hospital setting with regard to the organization of an integrated center, which coordinates all parties involved for the patient's best interest. METHODS A dispatch center was developed in the city of Patras, in southwestern Greece, equipped with a Geographic Information System (GIS), which immediately points out the location of emergency vehicles (EVs) on a digital map depicting the city plan. Additionally, three ambulances of the National Center of Immediate Aid (NCIA) were equipped with a decentralized traffic management system for the vehicle's traffic priority at signaled junctions. The system consisted of a cellular-based (GSM) telemedicine module, a Global Positioning System (GPS) and a web camera system in the vehicle cabin. RESULTS The aforementioned system provided considerable assistance to the pre-hospital treatment first by selecting the ambulance closest to the accident's location and then by pinpointing the optimum route to the hospital, thus significantly reducing the overall transportation time. CONCLUSION The project's objective to coordinate emergency hospital departments involved in the treatment of trauma patients with other emergency services by utilizing high technology was achieved within this interdisciplinary effort. en
heal.publisher TURKISH ASSOC TRAUMA EMERGENCY SURGERY en
heal.journalName ULUSAL TRAVMA VE ACIL CERRAHI DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF TRAUMA & EMERGENCY SURGERY en
dc.identifier.isi ISI:000280763500003 en
dc.identifier.volume 16 en
dc.identifier.issue 4 en
dc.identifier.spage 300 en
dc.identifier.epage 307 en


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