|5G ambulances offer superior emergency services|
East China's Zhejiang province issued an action plan in March this year, to boost the connection between pre-hospital medical emergencies and in-hospital medical information with 5G technology.
In June, three tertiary hospitals and 14 first-aid stations in Jinhua city’s urban area used a smart platform to shorten the emergency response times for critical patients.
"In the past, after the ambulance arrived at the hospital, the emergency department would check and confirm conditions of the injured person and it would then inform the relevant departments within the hospital for consultations. But now the smart platform arranges the emergency treatment in advance," said Lou Jian, deputy director of the Jinhua medical emergency command center.
He also added that after the shift to 5G informatization, ambulances had become upgraded from a transport vehicle to a mobile information platform - enabling patients to get medical attention as soon as they get into the ambulances.
The data collected by the medical equipment in the modified ambulance is simultaneously transmitted to the hospital in real time. Experts in the hospital can guide on-site rescues remotely through video. The experts can control the camera in the ambulance to have a better look at injuries, as well as adjust the parameters of the breathing machine remotely.
Experts from five hospital centers in the Jinhua urban area - the chest pain center, stroke center, trauma center, critically pregnant and maternal treatment center, critically ill children and neonatal treatment center - will participate in the smart platform by the end of July.
The smart platform figures out the best route to the destination for the ambulance, by analyzing the specific driving distances and the road conditions at the time.
It’s reported that 70 percent of the ambulances in Jinhua urban areas have been upgraded and that level will be 100 percent by the end of the year.
Currently, the average emergency response time - from the time the alarm bell sounds to the time an ambulance arrives at its destination in Jinhua urban areas - is 10 minutes and 27 seconds, achieving the goal set out in Zhejiang's action plan.
On the basis of the current smart platform, Jinhua will have a comprehensive city-county emergency network-linked system by the end of the year.