Closed circuit television carried in the ambulance is helping road accident victims at Marseilles, France, to a quicker recovery.
Closed circuit television carried in the ambulance is helping road accident victims at Marseilles, France, to a quicker recovery. Doctors back at the hospital are able to view and diagnose while the patients still lies in the road, then advise ambulance attendants on immediate first aid and prepare for his arrival at the hospital.
The idea occurred recently to Dr. Arnaud, a surgeon attached to the Hospital Service in Marseilles. He could see how much quicker it would be for surgeons and operating theatre staff to be ready for the patient if a diagnosis could be made before he or she reached hospital.
Setting up the equipment on the accident site takes only two to three minutes. The camera is operated by an ambulance attendant who is in radio contact with the surgeon back at hospital. On the surgeon's instructions, the camera is directed to any part of the victim's body, and so enabling a preliminary diagnosis.
Light in weight, the camera is extremely sensitive and easy to handle. The whole operation works from the ambulance's battery, so that it can function in all types of accidents.
One snag at the moment is the restricted range of the circuit. But technicians experimenting with the idea say that for a matter of 25,000-30,000 N.F., a suitable network could be set up.