Electronic tags deliver real time patient data to responders during disasters

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During emergency relief efforts, a common tactic among responders is the practice of triage, which involves placing color-coded tags onto patients to determine the severity of their injury and allow medical help to be distributed more efficiently. Now the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology has developed eTriage, a digital wristband system that lets emergency services track injured citizens on the ground. Typically, triage involves a tiered system whereby patients with minor injuries are given a green tag and low priority, through amber and red for more serious casualties and black for those beyond the medical attention available at the…

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