In commercial aviation care of passengers is paramount. However, the decisions required to be made in a medical emergency are complex. Fuel, airport facilities and medical facilities have to be taken into account. Multiple considerations have to be evaluated before a decision can be made that diverting the aircraft would be in the best interest of the patient. One of the most difficult considerations is probably made by a physician thousands of miles away from the situation, based on information supplied by a flight attendant trained in first aid, with virtually no medical facts available to inform the decision.
This is where VitalLink3 comes into its own. VitalLink3 is state of the art medical technology that assists remote medical support of cabin crew during in-flight medical situations. It is small, lightweight, easy and intuitive to use. Flight attendants can learn how to use VitalLink3 with just a few minutes of additional training added to their annual first aid course.
Ground based physicians supporting the crew can immediately view and assess the patient's vital signs in real time even over low bandwidth communications. This data, in combination with the cabin crew's description of the situation, enables the responding physician to give much more informed advice regarding the medical condition of the patient to the flight crew of the aircraft.
The basic VitalLink3 sensor package consists of NIBP, temperature, SpO2 and 12-lead EKG, however, the unit’s flexible architecture provides an upgradeable platform allowing new software and additional features, including future sensor technology, to be deployed quickly and easily at low cost, thus ensuring the best possible return on investment.
VitalLink3 flexibility also allows it to be deployed across multiple communication formats / scenarios while maintaining a common mode of operation.
VitalLink3 has been tested with a number of aircraft communication systems and is ready to deploy in most aviation environments.