Monitor the physiological signs of emergency responders

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The ability to monitor the physiological signs of responders


Potential Solutions

Responders and their respective agencies would like a that monitors, analyzes, and alerts based on physiological, cognitive, and behavioral signs and indicators. Components may be attached to the body, personal protective equipment (PPE), or embedded in responder garments. The system should be able to compare measurements against the normal parameters for each responder (as appropriate). Some responders, for example, have a lower normal range for blood pressure or pulse. Data, analysis, and corresponding guidance should be transmitted in real time, as appropriate, to responders, on-scene supervisors, command staff, safety officers, and/or medical personnel. An alert should be generated when measurements are outside of the responder-or indicator-specific ranges or levels. Different alerts should be generated for the responder, medical staff, and command to avoid alarm overload. Physiological sensors should be integrated with other threat and hazard sensors to provide a comprehensive picture of responder health and safety. In addition, false negatives and positives can have a significant impact; these should be minimized to the lowest possible levels.

Rationale & related CM function(s)

Persistent measurement of responder physiological data to detect threats to responder (e.g., stroke, heart attack, rhabdomyolysis)
Provision of operational and health-related guidance based on physiological data
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