Feasibility Study of Automated Trauma Monitoring Systems for Field Hospitals.
Rept. no. 1 (Final),
INTASA MENLO PARK CALIF
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The purpose of the study was to assess the feasibility of automated monitoring field army hospitals. The first part of the study was concerned with identifying the measurements that should be included in an automated system. Blood pressure, pulse, urine output, temperature, respiratory rate and arterial oxygen pressure were selected. The important feature of the automated system is that it can provide graphical display and line smoothing to facilitate earlier recognition of trends. This system was then compared to a manual system which measured the same parameters except arterial oxygen pressure, and used tabular display rather than graphical. The comparison in one case showed that with automated monitoring mortality decreased by nearly one third. The time taken to return to duty shortened to less than thirty days for one fourth of the casualties with automated monitoring compared to all returning in more than thirty days with manual monitoring. Based on these results, a more comprehensive model of patient-staff-monitoring system interaction was developed. It provides a means of conducting more definitive additional studies.
- Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering