DHS Supports Development of Wireless Patient Vital Signs Monitoring

“EMS providers base many lifesaving decisions upon patients’ vital signs.   When the EMS community asked for a technology that would wirelessly connect sensors to a lighter, smaller monitor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) was glad to take up the challenge.  While there are many portable instruments for monitoring pulse and heart rate, oxygen saturation (SpO2), electrocardiogram (EKG), blood pressure, temperature and respiration rate in the field, they are often cumbersome and must be connected with wires to various physiological sensors. The more medical information needed, the more sensors and wires are required.

These wires tether the paramedic to the patient, even when moving up and down stairways and through tight spaces, take up valuable space in ambulances and aircraft, and create potential confusion and entanglement problems.”  Read the article at EMS World.  http://www.emsworld.com/article/11287919/wireless-patient-vital-signs-monitoring

And watch the video at DHS’s First Responders website.  FirstResponder.gov provides first responders with information on technology, resources, products, programs, standards, testing and evaluation, and best practices.  FirstResponder.gov is offered by the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (S&T) Directorate.  S&T’s mission is to strengthen America’s security and resiliency by providing knowledge products and innovative technology solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise. http://www.firstresponder.gov/SitePages/ResponderNews/VideoGalleryDisplay.aspx?Video=23