A Framework for Real-Time Evaluation of Medical Doctors’ Performances While Using a Cricothyrotomy Simulator

  • Daniela D’Auria
  • Fabio PersiaEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 178)


Cricothyrotomy is a life-saving procedure performed when an airway cannot be established through less invasive techniques. One of the main challenges of the research community in this area consists in designing and building a low-cost simulator that teaches essential anatomy, and providing a method of data collection for performance evaluation and guided instruction as well.

In this paper, we present a framework designed and developed for activity detection in the medical context. More in details, it first acquires data in real time from a cricothyrotomy simulator, when used by medical doctors, then it stores the acquired data into a scientific database and finally it exploits an Activity Detection Engine for finding expected activities, in order to evaluate the medical doctors’ performances in real time, that is very essential for this kind of applications. In fact, an incorrect use of the simulator promptly detected can save the patient’s life. The conducted experiments using real data show the approach efficiency and effectiveness. Eventually, we also received positive feedbacks by the medical personnel who used our prototype.


Activity detection Scientific databases Cricothyrotomy simulator Medical simulator 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dip. di Ingegneria Elettrica e Tecnologie dell’InformazioneUniversity of Naples “Federico II”NaplesItaly

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