Can a Mobile Video Communication Improve Patient Safety in Prehospital Emergency Medicine?

Can a Mobile Video Communication Improve Patient Safety in Prehospital Emergency Medicine?

Camilla Metelmann (Greifswald University Medicine, Greifswald, Germany) and Bibiana Metelmann (Greifswald University Medicine, Greifswald, Germany)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/IJRQEH.2017100104
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Abstract

Patient safety is an integral part of medicine and efforts are made to further increase it. However, some areas of medicine are prone to limitations in patient safety; prehospital emergency medicine being one of them. Prehospital emergency medicine treats acute illnesses or life-threatening conditions, therefore affecting the entire population and having huge socioeconomic impact. Some of the factors threatening patient safety are inevitable. Emergencies are by definition time-critical, thus, requiring fast decision making and start of therapy. M-Health offers an opportunity to support this decision making. In this project, funded by the European Union, a mobile high-definition video-connection in real-time was used, to support emergency personnel at the emergency site by a remote expert. This video-communication could balance some factors threatening patient safety, which occur in prehospital emergency medicine.
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Background

Prehospital emergency medicine innately contains a high challenge for patient safety for multiple reasons:

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