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Prioritization of Patient Vital Signs Transmission Using Wireless Body Area Networks

Prioritization of Patient Vital Signs Transmission Using Wireless Body Area Networks
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Author(s): Baozhi Chen (Rutgers University, USA) and Dario Pompili (Rutgers University, USA)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 31
Source title: E-Healthcare Systems and Wireless Communications: Current and Future Challenges
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mohamed K. Watfa (University of Wollongong, UAE)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-123-8.ch013

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Abstract

Triage is the process of prioritizing patients based on the severity of their condition when resources are insufficient. Hospitals today are equipped with more and more electronic medical devices. This results in possibly high level of electromagnetic interference that may lead to the failure of medical monitoring devices. Moreover, a patient is usually moved between different hospital settings during triage. Accurate and quick prioritization of patient vital signs in such environments is crucial for making efficient and real-time decisions. In this chapter, a novel in-network solution to prioritize the transmission of patient vital signs using wireless body area networks is proposed; the solution relies on a distributed priority scheduling strategy based on the current patient condition and on the vital sign end-to-end delay/reliability requirement. The proposed solution was implemented in TinyOS, and its performance was tested in a real scenario.

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