MIAMI, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The William Lehman Injury Research
Center (WLIRC), an internationally recognized research facility located at the
For the past year, WLIRC has been working with the U.S. Army's Trauma Training Center, co-located at Ryder, to study the feasibility of using the robot to support trauma care. This new collaborative effort will build on previous research by demonstrating how trauma specialists can use wireless broadband to remotely operate the robot.
"There is a shortage of specialized trauma physicians," said Jonathan Linkous, executive director of ATA. "Using the robot and wireless broadband technology represents a potential expansion of care, not only in the U.S., but also overseas. The research being conducted at Ryder Trauma Center will help determine the possibilities of these technologies."
The WLIRC will receive an RP-7 robot and specially configured laptops with EV-DO Rev. A wireless cards for enhanced broadband connectivity, through which surgeons can connect to the robot wherever 3G wireless broadband is available. The project enables specialty physicians using the RP-7 robot to actively participate in the delivery of care in the Resuscitation Unit, Operating Rooms and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) from a remote location. Once connected, the surgeons can autonomously drive the robot to patients' bedsides using controls on the laptops to offer consultation during an emergency, monitor patients and train nurses and residents from their homes, offices or virtually anywhere. The robot's two-way audio-video capabilities will allow the doctors to check vitals, zoom in on the patient and provide advice to attending doctors, nurses or clinicians.
"The Ryder Trauma Center is the only Level I trauma center in Miami-Dade County for adults and children and it services an area of nearly three million people," said Jeffrey S. Augenstein, M.D, Ph.D., director of the William Lehman Injury Research Center and principal investigator on the project. "Enabling doctors to instantly connect to the ICU through high-speed wireless technology can help lower the preventable death rate by speeding up the delivery of trauma care during the 'golden hour,' the critical 60 minutes after an injury."
"When high-speed wireless technology and connectivity become an integral component of the health care system, critical information from patients will get to doctors more quickly - and vice versa," said Don Jones, vice president of business development for Qualcomm's health and life sciences group. "This compression of time will contribute to a revolution in the health care industry and we are proud to support this program through our Wireless Reach initiative."
Another benefit realized during the past year of using the RP-7 is the reduction of bacterial infections spread while physicians conduct their rounds, which is a problem in hospitals where doctors visit approximately 10- 15 patients per hour. During this new stage of the project, doctors will examine deeper the use of the robot to conduct grand rounds, maneuvered by the doctor from somewhere else, as a potential solution to help reduce the spread of bacterial infections.
Contributors to the project are providing the means necessary to implement advanced technology in the medical field:
-- The William Lehman Injury Research Center at the
-- The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, a unit within the U.S. Army Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Maryland, is sponsoring the research
-- The American Telemedicine Association is managing the project
-- Qualcomm, through its Wireless Reach initiative, is sponsoring the project and providing technical support and consultation.
B-roll and photos of this project are available and can be downloaded at: ftp://bmhkuserc5:email@example.com/sectionc5
Telemedicine technology holds promise for enhancing U.S.-based and
military trauma care systems by projecting world-class physicians when and
where they are needed. Data indicates that the robot is a useful and safe
tool in a civilian trauma setting. Leveraging the power of 3G wireless
broadband networks will significantly enhance access to the RP-7 robot and
bring about an even higher level of readiness to Miami's trauma system.
The Ryder Trauma Center at the
The Ryder Trauma Center is the only certified Level I trauma center in South Florida for adults and children. The center is geared toward lowering the preventable death rate by speeding up the delivery of trauma care during the "golden hour," the critical 60 minutes after an injury. Jackson Memorial Hospital sees more than 8,000 emergency patients per year -- approx. 4, 000 at the Ryder Trauma Center. Approximately 30 percent of the general admissions result from gunshot wounds, stabbings or falls and 70 percent are the result of blunt trauma, vehicular accidents and various other causes. Children make up approx. 10 percent of all patients seen at the center. Since its founding in 1992, the Ryder Trauma Center and its medical staff have developed a worldwide reputation for clinical excellence. Surgical and medical teams from throughout the United States and the Caribbean, as well as from Russia, Japan, England, Italy and France, have visited the 44-story, free-standing, 166,000- square-foot trauma center to study advanced trauma care.
Today, the Ryder Trauma Center is the centerpiece of Miami-Dade County's
trauma care system, offering world-class clinical care to all residents,
regardless of ability to pay. As an integral part of Jackson Memorial
Hospital -- which is operated by the county's Public Health Trust -- the Ryder
Trauma Center draws upon both the specialized resources of the hospital and
The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, a component of the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC) located at Fort Detrick, Maryland, executes a Congressional Special Interest Program of medical science and engineering technology research that maximizes benefits to military medicine.
The American Telemedicine Association is the leading resource and advocate promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology. The ATA seeks to bring together diverse groups from traditional medicine, academic medical centers, technology and telecommunications companies, e-health, medical societies, government and others to overcome barriers to the advancement of telemedicine through the professional, ethical and equitable improvement in health care delivery. Established in 1993 as a non-profit organization and headquartered in Washington, DC, membership in the ATA is open to individuals, companies and other organizations with an interest in promoting the deployment of telemedicine throughout the world.
The U.S. Army Trauma Training Center (ATTC) supports military medical
readiness by training military resuscitative, operative and intensive care
teams to provide safe, effective combat casualty care to wounded warriors in
dynamic combat environments. Located in Miami, Florida, the Center is home to
the Army's Combat Extremity War Surgery Course and participates in team
training research through the Miller School of Medicine at the
Qualcomm believes access to advanced wireless voice and data services improves people's lives. Qualcomm's Wireless Reach initiative supports programs and solutions that bring the benefits of connectivity to developing communities globally. Wireless Reach projects create new ways for people to communicate, learn, access health care and reach global markets. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com/wirelessreach.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 100 Index, S&P 500 Index and is a 2008 FORTUNE 500(R) company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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