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NESA (Next-generation Emergency Satellite Assistance) is a system for on-field radiology and diagnosis. It integrates a digital X-Ray apparatus and vital signs devices on-board an emergency vehicle. Data, including X-Ray images, are transferred via satellite for remote analysis. The personnel on the field is in contact with the consulting physician giving relevant therapy instructions. The satellite guarantees global operations. Patients at their residence also can have NESA assistance.
|Current emergency procedures foresee the transportation of all patients to a central emergency department employed in a not optimized way.|
|Thanks to the capabilities provided by the NESA platform, the emergency vehicle can bring patients directly to the most appropriate destination (including the emergency department), optimizing timing and saving resources. In many cases transportation can be avoided.|
The NESA project is focused on delivering immediate assistance to patients in emergency situations. This will be accomplished sending on the scene of the emergency a vehicle and paramedics to:
The main benefits are:
The product resulting from the NESA project is provided as an emergency vehicle adaptation kit or as an integrated vehicle including:
The project duration is 24 months, to allocate 12 months for pilot operations. During the first 10 months the system is set-up, the operational procedures established and the system tested.
Pilot Trials to validate NESA system have been successfully carried out. They started in December 2004 with personnel education and first test cases and ended in June 2005 with a "live" presentation in Lonigo (Vicenza) to Veneto, Lombardia and Toscana Regional Health Care Administrations.
The following diagram show the number of clinical exams performed during Pilot Trials per type of examination:
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