4th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare - "Transforming healthcare through innovations in mobile and wireless technologies"

Research Article

Wireless Transmission of Vital Signs of entrapped victims during Search and Rescue Operations in collapsed buildings

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257378,
        author={George Pallis and Nuno Ferreira and Lars Hildebrand and Geert Seynaeve},
        title={Wireless Transmission of Vital Signs of entrapped victims during Search and Rescue Operations in collapsed buildings},
        proceedings={4th International Conference on Wireless Mobile Communication and Healthcare - "Transforming healthcare through innovations in mobile and wireless technologies"},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={MOBIHEALTH},
        year={2014},
        month={12},
        keywords={wireless transmission vital signs entrapped victims search and rescue collapsed buildings},
        doi={10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257378}
    }
    
  • George Pallis
    Nuno Ferreira
    Lars Hildebrand
    Geert Seynaeve
    Year: 2014
    Wireless Transmission of Vital Signs of entrapped victims during Search and Rescue Operations in collapsed buildings
    MOBIHEALTH
    IEEE
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.mobihealth.2014.257378
George Pallis1,*, Nuno Ferreira2, Lars Hildebrand3, Geert Seynaeve4
  • 1: T4i Engineering Ltd
  • 2: OnCaring
  • 3: Technical University of Dortmund
  • 4: ECOMED bvba
*Contact email: gpallis@t4i.co.uk

Abstract

During Urban Search and Rescue (USaR) operations in collapsed buildings, once the entrapped victims are located the extrication starts. The latter is always time consuming whilst in most cases medical monitoring and support of the victim is needed. Monitoring vital signs of victim is quite important but due to the particular post-collapse conditions of the building (fires, gas leaks, tremors/instability), the preferred method would be remote medical monitoring. In this work a commercial off-theshelf system for victim’s vital signs wireless transmission is tested as part of a feasibility study in which non-invasive methods such as breath or sweat analysis can be used for medical monitoring. The capabilities and the limitations of the tested technology are presented and discussed.