NASA Spinoff Database: Patient Monitoring

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 1978
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-22
Category: Health And Medicine
Origin: Saturn Launch Vehicle, Apollo, Skylab, and The Space Shuttle

SCI Systems, Inc. has developed a unit that performs an electrocardiogram of a hospitalized patient and then is transmitted by telemetry. Heart readings are picked up by electrode attached to patient's body and delivered by wire to small box which is telemetry transmitter. Originating from space programs, these transmitted signals are relayed wirelessly to console in background which converts them to EKG data. Data is displayed visually and recorded on a printout; at the same time, it is transmitted to a central control station where a nurse can monitor the condition of several patients simultaneously.

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Page Number in Published book: 62
Manufacturer: SCI SYSTEMS, INC.

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