Stick-on health sensors for emergency response
Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a suite of wearable and disposable sensors first responders can use for rapid access to multiple victims' medical data so they can quickly assess an emergency situation.
The VitalTag monitoring sticker is affixed to a patient's chest where it detects, monitors and transmits vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate along with other metrics, eliminating the need for several separate medical devices. Another sensor is worn on the finger like a ring, and a third is placed in the ear like a wireless earbud.
Patient data is displayed in a mobile app, which also allows responders to see patients' location on a map and receive alerts when their status changes or they are moved to treatment facilities. The technology also allows responders to simultaneously monitor multiple patients.
PNNL is looking for commercial partners interested in licensing the technology for applications ranging from emergency medical response to performance sports. More information is available here.
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