VitalTAG [vital sign measurement & logging device for paramedics]

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In a job where every second counts, paramedics optimally spend over 2 minutes measuring vital signs per victim. Paramedics use rudimentary tools such as stethoscopes, watches, blood-pressure cuffs, and their refined abilities to assess the severity of the situation. When using these tools, both hands are needed, which prevents the aider from attending other matters or patients. Furthermore, responders who arrive first are not trained to measure specific vitals, limiting their assistance towards the paramedics and patients. Precious seconds are consistently being wasted. The technology to help is readily available, but they unfortunately lack the capability to fit a paramedic's demand for accuracy, simplicity, and robustness. Our solution is VitalTAG.VitalTAG will unify heart rate, SPO2 and blood pressure sensors into a compact, standalone device donned on a victim's index finger. By tagging multiple victims with this device, responders can focus on containing the situation, and attend to as many victims as possible. In addition to logging the information, vitals are displayed on a smart eye-wear HUD. Our aim is to extend the abilities of a paramedic where time is crucial, and potentially decrease the time spent measuring vitals.
Undergraduate Engineering students are required to complete a group-based, two-course capstone sequence: ENSC 405W and ENSC 440.  Groups form company structures and create an innovative product that potentially acts as a solution to a real-life problem.  This collection archives the following assignments: proposal, design specifications, requirements specifications, and proof of concept.
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