PEA – Paramedics Emergency Assistant

Group 09, Videoprototype, WS1314

The PEA is a wearable device for paramedics that is designed to support quick decision making in emergency situations. It combines a multitude of devices that are already available. Our solution is compact and robust enough to replace the current pager while providing many additional features, such as radio communication or pre-registration of time critical patients. PEA supports the gathering of patient data and allows for a quick assessment of the severity of the emergency. The device is permanently connected to all crucial pieces of equipment and makes communication possible in the field.

 

 In the future, more devices should be replaced with the PEA while retaining its simplicity and ease of use. The goal is to give the paramedics more time to focus on the patient and—more importantly—to facilitate and speed up the communication to the involved stakeholders.

Concept: Little PEA

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While trying to save your life, paramedics have issues handling multiple devices for communication and data transfer. Some of them are not accessible, others are huge handheld devices that require your full attention.

Little PEA sounds small, is small and saves valueable time and space in critical situations. This wearable device combines pager and radio communication, and allows the collection and transmission of patient data. It integrates nicely with the infrastructure that is currently in use, especially pre-registration of stroke and heart attack patients. Due to its compact format and the quick and easy handling, Little PEA improves the working conditions in critical situations.
Time is not always money. Little PEA might save your life.

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User Research – Emergency Services in Action

Group 09, User Research, WS1314

BRK Dachau

Tuesday morning — 6:15 a.m.

The rescue service of the BRK-Dachau is getting ready for the next shift. We followed them over the course of two days to experience their daily routines and situations.

For our field study in the medical sector, we focused on an evaluation of the service touchpoints in the emergency service and had a closer look at the interaction between the emergency room (Klinikum Bogenhausen), the administration (BRK-Dachau) and the paramedics (BRK-Dachau).

For this purpose, we observed the activities within the administration of the BRK-Dachau, attended a course of instruction for a handheld PC for use in the medical sector, and interviewed the head of the emergency room of the Klinikum Bogenhausen.

All in all, the field research days were full of exciting experiences and — given the already high technical standards — we are looking forward to evaluating the information we gathered.