Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Saturday, March 16, 2013

I'm sitting in the front passenger seat of a Mercedes E250 station wagon between Turns 13 and 14 of the Albert Park Formula 1 GP circuit watching Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren and the others zip around. Earlier in the day I was chatting to the senior ambulance co-ordinator who gave me some interesting reading material.

It is a brochure from a company called Remote Diagnostic Technologies Ltd who produce a portable patient monitor called the Tempus Pro. And it looks like a neat piece of pre-hospital kit.

It weighs 2.8kg and is the size of about 4 iPads stacked on top of eachother, with a battery life of around 8 hours if you run the screen brightness at 60%, according to the brochure's tech specs.

The company say that they have consulted with target users during R&D and it would appear to have paid off. Some of the clever aspects of the monitor include:

  • USB port connectivity for peripheral devices, including data storage devices
  • An SD card port for data storage, including all the vital signs over time (HR, NIBP, IBP, SpO2, EtCO2, Temp, ECG rythmn and 12 lead ECG), any interventions documented and any clinical photos taken.
  • A 3.2MP camera that can be used to record clinical pictures or as a webcam for telemedicine assistance
  • Bluetooth connectivity for a small headset to use during a telemedicine session
  • GPS so that the base operator can locate you and you can Geotag recorded clinical events.
  • The ability to connect a 3.5MHz or 7.5MHz ultrasound probe

One of the really nice features is a body diagram that can be put up on screen and using the touch screen buttons you can quickly record injury types and body parts affected, which are then added to the patient record.

It is IP66 water and sand proof rated (an international Ingress Protection rating that specifies a device's environmental robustness) and has wide temperature, humidity and altitude operating windows. I can't find whether it has been drop rated, but given that the website targets the military as well as pre-hospital I suppose it would be.

Unfortunately, at the moment, the RDT website states that the device has not yet been cleared for marketing and is awaiting its FDA approval and CE Mark.

It looks like a great piece of equipment and I'd love to hear from anyone who has used it for some feedback. As usual comments below or via email or @rollcagemedic on Twitter.

Images are from the RDT website.

No financial interests to declare.