Gulf News
Dubai, UAE
Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Ambulance To Have Advanced Care System

Dubai ambulances will soon have electronic patient-care reporting system (ePCR) that helps in swift deployment of ambulances and instant transmission of patient data to hospitals for making treatment preparation in advance.

According to Dr Omer Sakaf, head of training in Dubai ambulance service centre, the manual system of recording patient details will be phased out with the installation of ePCR system that is underway.

“We are in the process of moving the electronic system. Fifty of the 84 ambulances will be connected to the system in the first phase. The whole fleet will be linked by the end of this year” he told The Gulf Today on the sidelines of the International Emergency and Catastrophe Management conferences being held in Dubai as part of the International Medical Care and Diagnostic Conference and Exhibition.

The official said the system, capable of categorizing the types of medical problems, will transfer data from ambulances on accident or emergency sites to the central control room in Dubai Police Headquarters and the Emergency and Trauma Centre in Rashid Hospital .

“Once the control room gets a call, the system helps us immediately alert and ambulance nearest to the spot to rush there. Te paramedics can collect the patient details and transfer them through the touch screen devices to the central control room and the hospital. This helps the hospital staff to prepare the right kind of treatment as they know well in ambulance is reaching and what types of injuries are coming in.

The implementation of the system is expected to save time and ensure better care for patients. The stored data can be retrieved any time and can be used for root cause analysis or further examination of each case.

According to Dr Ahmed Javad, CEO of Valentia Technologies, the Irish company that developed the CareMonX ePCR system and provides training, the state-of-the-art devise used in the system includes touch screen computers, digital pen, Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS).

“The digital pen technology is very useful in transferring details of a lot of people when there is a large-scale emergency. The TETRA communication system ensures that the communication network doesn't get affected even in case of major disasters.”