Cardiovascular disease (CVD) claims nearly a million lives a year in the U.S. (958,775 in 1999, the last year for which definitive figures are available). That works out to be one out of every 2.5 deaths, which equates to more than 2,600 CVD deaths a day or one every 33 sec.
Medical training and medical kit provider MedAire has named Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT) a preferred provider for remote vital-sign monitors used on board aircraft. The monitors allow on-board personnel to download pulse rates, blood pressure, video images and EKG results directly to physicians at MedAire’s MedLink global response center in Phoenix.
MedAire said it has become the “first in the world” ready to receive remote vital-sign medical-monitoring data from civil aircraft in flight. The company’s first subscriber for this service is British Midland Airways, which will equip all of its long-haul flights with the Tempus 2000 remote vital-sign monitor from London-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies.