Every year 1.3 million people are killed in road traffic accidents around the world, and 20−50 million are injured. MedTech West is developing methodologies for improving the rescue process for traffic accidents, by gathering and interpreting valuable crash information from vehicle sensors and making diagnostic tools for detection of internal bleedings.
We take a holistic view of traffic accidents and trauma care and use novel methodologies to address the clinical problems, such as pattern recognition algorithms for improving field triage protocols (used to assess the status of injured patients, to decide where they should be transported and how urgent treatment is) and microwave technology for detection of intracranial bleedings, which makes this project unique. In the future, the emergency center will receive more precise and accurate information about the accidents for planning emergency dispatch, and the hospital will receive more specific information about the status of a patient, to ensure the each patient gets the best possible treatment as soon as possible after the accident.
SAFER: Anna Nilsson-Ehle, Lotta Jakobsson
University of Gothenburg/Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset: Mikael Elam
Swedish Armed Forces, Centre for Defence Medicine/Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset: Per Örtenwall