JEONJU, South Korea, Aug. 31 (Korea Bizwire) – Starting September 1, the JB (Jeonbuk) Fire Headquarters (North Jeolla Province) will be spearheading a pilot operation, which will equip its medical team with wearable cameras.
According to the headquarters, the cameras will be used to relay patients’ conditions to doctors and receive emergency guidance en route to hospitals.
With the new system, emergency medical technicians (EMT) will use cameras to provide a live feed of their patients to inform doctors of their physical state. Doctors, who have a more comprehensive understanding of the situation, can then help the units conduct more accurate first aid procedures.
Up until now, dispatched units had to explain the situation to the doctors via phone or radio transmission when carrying out first aid procedures like drug administration or airway insertion. The conventional practice was both time-consuming and less comprehensive.
A total of 19 ambulances and a firefighter helicopter will be subject to the upcoming endeavor.
Furthermore, cameras will be used in securing evidence for potential assault on EMTs by patients, crimes which have grown more prevalent in recent years, said the officials.
“The system will be of significant help in increasing the overall survival rate in more critical patients,” said Lee Seon-jae, director of JB Fire Headquarters. “After a two-month pilot operation, the system will be officially introduced in November.”
By Kevin Lee (email@example.com)