Wireless telemedicine for the delivery of specialist paediatric services to the bedside

Armfield, Nigel, Clark, Ron, Coulthard, Mark, Goff, Robyn, Isles, Alan, McCrossin, Robert, Mottarelly, Ian, Smith, Anthony C, Taylor, Shauna, Wootton, Richard and Youngberry, Karen (2005) Wireless telemedicine for the delivery of specialist paediatric services to the bedside. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 11 2 Supplement: 81-85. doi:10.1258/135763305775124669

Author Armfield, Nigel
Clark, Ron
Coulthard, Mark
Goff, Robyn
Isles, Alan
McCrossin, Robert
Mottarelly, Ian
Smith, Anthony C
Taylor, Shauna
Wootton, Richard
Youngberry, Karen
Title Wireless telemedicine for the delivery of specialist paediatric services to the bedside
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2005-01-01
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/135763305775124669
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 11
Issue 2 Supplement
Start page 81
End page 85
Total pages 5
Editor E. Krupinski
R. Wootton
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Language eng
Subject C1
321019 Paediatrics
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730209 Rural health
730204 Child health
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Abstract A mobile interactive online health system was used to conduct virtual ward rounds at a regional hospital which had no specialist paediatrician. The system was wireless, which allowed telepaediatric services to be delivered direct to the bedside. Between December 2004 and May 2005, 43 virtual ward rounds were coordinated between specialists based in Brisbane and local staff at the Gladstone Hospital. Eighty-six consultations were provided for 64 patients. The most common conditions included asthma (27%), chest infections (12%), gastroenteritis (10%) and urinary tract infections (10%). In the majority of cases, there were partial (67%) or complete changes (11%) in the clinical management of patients. Specialist services were offered by a team of 13 clinicians at the Royal Children's Hospital: 10 general paediatricians, two physiotherapists and one registered nurse. Feedback from all consultants involved in the service and local staff in Gladstone was extremely positive. In 43 videoconference calls there were three technical problems, probably due to an intermittent mains power supply at the regional hospital. There appears to be potential for other rural and regional hospitals to adopt this model of service delivery.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 6 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 15 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 15 Aug 2007, 16:46:00 EST