Remote clinical assessment for acute trauma: an initial experience

Proc AMIA Symp. 1998;396-400.

Abstract

Optimal care of the injured patient requires an organized approach, dedicated resources and clinical expertise. Victims of major trauma, however, frequently present to rural and suburban hospitals regardless of whether a dedicated trauma system in place. Immediate consultation by a trauma expert could potentially expedite effective evaluation and management of trauma victims, reducing the occurrence of unnecessary transport and leading to efficient stabilization and transport when needed. Remote assessment of trauma patients must be assesses for feasibility, safety and efficacy before widespread implementation. This project represents the initial steps towards the development of a functional telemedicine system for trauma care.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Life Support Care
  • Remote Consultation*
  • Traumatology / methods
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnosis
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*