CS IQP: Therese Smith: Electronic support for vital signs from ambulance to hospital Public
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In response to ongoing man-made disasters like war and increasing natural disasters like hurricanes and tsunamis, the traditional emergency medical system may become overwhelmed resulting in constrained medical resources such as supplies, hospital beds, and healthcare workers. To combat this, health care workers use triage to sort patients based on the severity of their condition to ensure that high priority or critical patients get the care and supplies they need before lower priority patients. Despite its clear advantages, triage is susceptible to failure, leaving patients vulnerable. We worked to understand why triage fails and identify technological and non-technological ways to prevent triage from failing.
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