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Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 573–578 | Cite as

Design of a Cervical Collar Device to Facilitate and Accelerate Implementation of First Aid

  • Hakan Işık
  • Esra Saraçoğlu
  • Hüseyin Harmanci
  • İnan GülerEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

Frequently there are disasters all over the world—fires, earthquakes, or even some unexpected shocking catastrophes. Hence people injured, or even died. Lifesaving actions begin with the initiation of the chain of survival. With every minute that passes without medical action being taken, the probability of being able to save the patients life decreases by ten percent. After 10 min there is normally no chance of resuscitation being successful. First aid is emergency treatment given before regular medical aid can be obtained. And it is a concept of first hands-on measures performed in a medical emergency by laypersons. The major aim of this study is to develop an easy—feasible cervical collar, for facilitating and accelerating implementation of first aid especially in case of collective injuries. The developed device is different from the cervical collars which are used to treat the neck pain. In the present study, the heartbeat is obtained by detecting pulse with the stethoscope that is a part of the developed device and fixed on the carorid artery. The obtained heartbeat signal has been processed by the electronic control circuit and the used LED has given light according to the patient’s life signal. Although there are some disadvantages of the developed system, the precautions for these cases have been taken and the system has been tried to design in order to operate sensibly.

Keywords

First aid Hearth attack Cervical collar Pulse detection 

Notes

Acknowledgement

This study is supported by the Scientific Research Projects Unit of Selcuk University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hakan Işık
    • 1
  • Esra Saraçoğlu
    • 1
  • Hüseyin Harmanci
    • 1
  • İnan Güler
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Electronic and Computer Education, Technical Education FacultySelçuk UniversityKonyaTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Electronic and Computer Technology, Technical Education FacultyGazi UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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