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Sensors 2015, 15(5), 11993-12021; doi:10.3390/s150511993

Survey of WBSNs for Pre-Hospital Assistance: Trends to Maximize the Network Lifetime and Video Transmission Techniques

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Tecnologico de Monterrey, Av. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur Col. Tecnológico, Monterrey, NL 64849, Mexico
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Technical University of Catalonia, C./Esteve Terradas 7, Castelldefels, Barcelona 08860, Spain
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Academic Editor: Nauman Aslam
Received: 14 October 2014 / Accepted: 18 May 2015 / Published: 22 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wireless Sensor Network for Pervasive Medical Care)
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This survey aims to encourage the multidisciplinary communities to join forces for innovation in the mobile health monitoring area. Specifically, multidisciplinary innovations in medical emergency scenarios can have a significant impact on the effectiveness and quality of the procedures and practices in the delivery of medical care. Wireless body sensor networks (WBSNs) are a promising technology capable of improving the existing practices in condition assessment and care delivery for a patient in a medical emergency. This technology can also facilitate the early interventions of a specialist physician during the pre-hospital period. WBSNs make possible these early interventions by establishing remote communication links with video/audio support and by providing medical information such as vital signs, electrocardiograms, etc. in real time. This survey focuses on relevant issues needed to understand how to setup a WBSN for medical emergencies. These issues are: monitoring vital signs and video transmission, energy efficient protocols, scheduling, optimization and energy consumption on a WBSN. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless body sensor network; emergency mobile healthcare; optimization system for adaptive model; energy consumption wireless body sensor network; emergency mobile healthcare; optimization system for adaptive model; energy consumption
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Gonzalez, E.; Peña, R.; Vargas-Rosales, C.; Avila, A.; de Cerio, D.P.-D. Survey of WBSNs for Pre-Hospital Assistance: Trends to Maximize the Network Lifetime and Video Transmission Techniques. Sensors 2015, 15, 11993-12021.

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