Mines, ships, airplanes and Antarctica: how the innovative medical system that sends vital signs from a distance works

The professionals use the CDM in the different bases of Antarctica

One of the new characteristics of the current context is the possibility of carrying out different remote tasks. Working, studying and even receiving medical assistance remotely were activities that began to be implemented in a few months. In that sense, health and evaluation of vital signs They became more important, because not only did the percentage of face-to-face visits to the doctor decrease, but this work is also made impossible in certain situations and / or places.

This is the case of the Antarctica, where Soledad rivero, Medical Captain with a specialty in cardiology (MN 114299) and Chief of the Health Division of the Antarctic Joint Command, carries out his tasks in conjunction with the new Mobile Diagnostic Center (CDM). Through this telemedicine equipment, which was designed and developed by the firm EXO in collaboration with the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Rosario, professionals can measure and analyze different vital signs of patients remotely.

“The Mobile Diagnostic Centers serve to facilitate the task of prevention and control of the health of the inhabitants of the Antarctic bases. In addition, they allow the relief of vital signs such as 12-lead ECG, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen saturation, heart rate and respiratory rate. These data can be saved and sent to a platform, where they can be viewed by a specialist and thus facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of patients. At the same time, it also allows videoconferences with other specialists ”, explains Rivero

Some of the places in Antarctica where the tool is already operated are the Belgrano II, San Martín, Orcadas, Esperanza and Marambio Bases. It is also on the Icebreaker Almirante Irízar ship.

CDMs feature 1.10 GHz Intel Quad Core CPU N3450 (up to 2.20 GHz)

CDMs feature 1.10 GHz Intel Quad Core CPU N3450 (up to 2.20 GHz)

One of the main characteristics of CDMs is that they adapt to different situations or places. “They can be used in work carried out in the open air, outside the fixed scope of health,” says the professional. This is achieved because the tool has a small and light structure that provides service in inaccessible or remote points such as mines, oil wells, military bases, ships, airplanes, emergency areas, rural areas, towns or small urban areas that lack specialized medical services.

“Today, having first-rate technology, not only because of the multiparametric measurements that the CDM equipment has, but also because of the practicality of being able to use it in other environments outside of an office or emergency room, it facilitates paramedics, doctors and general nurses the possibility of making a videoconference with a specialist at the same time that the vital parameters of the patient are shared in real time ”, underlines the Medic Captain.

The equipment connects via Wi-Fi, 3G-4G and satellite signal. The studies that are registered in the system can be stored for later analysis and diagnosis. However, the information is stored securely, encrypted and with digital signature. In other words, the studies are stored in the cloud and shared in a protected way between devices through secure protocols. In this way, only the health professional – duly authorized – can access the data from any device and at any time.

Soledad Rivero, Medical Captain with a specialty in cardiology and Chief of the Health Division of the Antarctic Joint Command

Soledad Rivero, Medical Captain with a specialty in cardiology and Chief of the Health Division of the Antarctic Joint Command

6 keys to the Mobile Diagnostic Center

-Provides an immediate and economical solution to the shortage of professionals.

-Allows, during an emergency transfer, the medical attention center receives the vital parameters of the patient before their arrival, which speeds up their reception and care.

-It makes it possible to release hospital beds by allowing collaboration in the home hospitalization of patients who require continuous monitoring.

-Avoid intrahospital infections and reduces hotel costs.

-It is easy to use.

-Can integrate the use of Medikro spirometry systems for a comprehensive assessment of lung function.

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