Preliminary evaluation of the use of a CDMA-based emergency telemedicine system

Jaemin Kang, Honggu Chun, Il Hyung Shin, Sang Do Shin, Gil Joon Suh, Hee Chan Kim

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Abstract

We have conducted a preliminary evaluation of the use of a code division multiple access (CDMA)-based emergency telemedicine system to be used by emergency rescuers providing first-aid treatment for patients. The prototype system included five instrumentation modules for measuring non-invasive arterial blood pressure (NIBP), arterial oxygen saturation (SpO 2), six-channel electrocardiogram (ECG), blood glucose concentration and body temperature. The patient data were transferred to a doctor's PC through CDMA and TCP/IP networks using an embedded personal digital assistant (PDA) phone. Performance tests in the laboratory showed that the system provided reliable values with error ranges within ±1% for heart rate, ±5mmHg for NIBP, ±2% for SpO 2 and ±1% for glucose. The feasibility of the prototype system was then evaluated with 15 real emergency patients on Jeju Island over a two-month period. Measured data were transmitted from a moving ambulance to the emergency medical centre without significant CDMA connection loss or transmission errors. The average transfer time was 8 min. Four emergency doctors and 11 rescuers completed a questionnaire. There were favourable reviews from the users.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-427
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

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Telemedicine
Emergencies
Arterial Pressure
Handheld Computers
First Aid
Ambulances
Body Temperature
Islands
Blood Glucose
Electrocardiography
Heart Rate
Oxygen
Glucose

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  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)

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Preliminary evaluation of the use of a CDMA-based emergency telemedicine system. / Kang, Jaemin; Chun, Honggu; Shin, Il Hyung; Shin, Sang Do; Suh, Gil Joon; Kim, Hee Chan.

In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 12, No. 8, 01.12.2006, p. 422-427.

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Kang, Jaemin ; Chun, Honggu ; Shin, Il Hyung ; Shin, Sang Do ; Suh, Gil Joon ; Kim, Hee Chan. / Preliminary evaluation of the use of a CDMA-based emergency telemedicine system. In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2006 ; Vol. 12, No. 8. pp. 422-427.
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