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Live Video Communication in Prehospital Emergency Medicine

Live Video Communication in Prehospital Emergency Medicine
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Author(s): Camilla Metelmann (Greifswald University, Germany) and Bibiana Metelmann (Greifswald University, Germany)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 26
Source title: Improving the Safety and Efficiency of Emergency Services: Emerging Tools and Technologies for First Responders
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2535-7.ch005

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Abstract

Prehospital emergency medicine treats time-critical diseases and conditions and aims to reduce morbidity and mortality. The progression of emergency medicine is an important topic for governments worldwide. A problem occurs when paramedics need assistance at the emergency site by emergency doctors, who cannot be present. Video-communication in real-time from the emergency site to an emergency doctor offers an opportunity to enhance the quality of emergency medicine. The core piece of this study is a video camera system called “LiveCity camera,” enabling real-time high quality video connection of paramedics and emergency doctors. The impact of video communication on emergency medicine is clearly appreciated among providers, based upon the extent of agreement that has been stated in this study's questionnaire by doctors and paramedics. This study was part of the FP7-European Union funded research project “LiveCity” (Grant Agreement No. 297291).

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