A PORTABLE VITAL SIGNS MONITOR FOR FIELD USE

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Authors
  1. Dyck, W.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A Canadian forces requirement exits for a portable, integrated field system for monitoring the vital signs of patients in the field, under adverse, unconventional conditions. A vital signs monitor capable of monitoring heart rate, body temperature, and blood pressure in the field, is described in this report. The design has taken into account the need for future expansion, and ease in reprogramming the software, to reflect changing priorities with respect to which signs are to be monitored. A helicopter used in casually evacuation, has been identified as a worse case condition for exposure to ambient noise, and preliminary trials have been successful in monitoring the three vital signs in this scenario. The device has also been used external to a modified chemical warefare casuality bag, to monitor the vital signs of a person sealed therein.
Keywords
Vital signs;Triage
Report Number
DCIEM-95-50 — Technical Report (Final)
Date of publication
01 Dec 1995
Number of Pages
26
DSTKIM No
96-01085
CANDIS No
155541
Format(s):
Document Image stored on Optical Disk;Hardcopy

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