AstraZeneca, Ericsson, Getinge

Saving lives with connected ambulances

Every day, hundreds of thousands of emergency transports take place around the globe. In medical emergency situations, the first minutes of treatment are critical. It is vital that the ambulance reaches the patient fast, and that paramedics can give the best possible treatment on site and on the way to the hospital.

It is equally important for the ambulance to reach the best suited hospital quickly for further treatment. AstraZeneca, Axis, Ericsson and Getinge offer important components and are involved in projects around the world to build the next generation of solutions for connected ambulances.

Ambulances that are connected over an Ericsson 5G network provide new possibilities to treat patients and save lives. With Axis cameras mounted inside the ambulance, high-quality video is transmitted from the moving ambulance to a medical doctor at the hospital. The doctor remotely assesses the medical state of the patient and communicates with the patient if possible.

At the incident site or in the ambulance, health care personnel can monitor vital signs by real-time connection to the hospital and get support that makes it easier and safer to make clinical decisions. The capabilities of Ericsson 5G networks enable advanced treatments in ambulances, such as early examinations of patients with ultra-sound equipment. Medical doctors use a joystick to remotely guide paramedics equipped with a connected haptic glove.

Via integration with Getinge systems, medical data about the patient is transmitted, including results from tests and examinations conducted in the ambulance. The audio and video of the patient give context to the data and allows the doctor to make a more a qualified diagnosis. The doctor communicates with the paramedics and gives instructions on treatment. Early information-sharing ensures proactive planning and improved treatment while increasing patient safety.

With connected ambulances, and a smart city network, it is possible to redirect the ambulance to the hospital best suited to treat the particular illness of the patient that is being transported. The quickest route to the hospital is identified based on the current traffic situation, and traffic lights can be switched remotely to give top priority to the ambulance.

In the hospital, the emergency room is prepared, and suitable specialist doctors and nurses are ready to continue the treatment as soon as the ambulance arrives. The system ensures complete documentation of patient care pathway from arrival to discharge.

Getinge demonstrates a 19 per cent increase in department efficiency using these types of solutions, and AstraZeneca reports close to 50 per cent reduction in treatment time and in-hospital death rate for patients in the China Cardiovascular Association’s Chest Pain Centre initiative.

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