POC in travel, marine, and airport security monitoring

POC in travel, marine, and airport security monitoring

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This review will focus on infectious diseases. A large series reviewing in-flight emergencies indicated that infectious diseases accounted for 2.8 percent of emergencies and no death. In this situation, physicians present aboard provided almost half of the initial in-flight medical care.In order to anticipate how modern technologies for medical laboratory and internet transmission of data may help reducing the medical deserts during travel, it is useful to briefly review the medical syndromes and situations most frequently encountered during travel, and then review how point-of-care (POC) laboratories may help resolving this issue. Indeed, POCs have been invented to provide patients and doctors with near-to patient, rapid diagnosis of some urgent diseases requiring some rapid medical decisions regarding the necessity for hospitalization, the necessity for isolating a contagious patient and the necessity to start a specific medical treatment such as an appropriate antimicrobial in the case of diagnosed infectious disease.

Chapter Contents:

  • 12.1 Introduction
  • 12.2 Remote detection of fever in travelers
  • 12.3 Documented infections during mass plane traveling
  • 12.4 Documented infections during cruise ship traveling
  • 12.5 Proposed management of febrile patients in airport and cruise facilities
  • 12.6 Setting-up POC diagnosis in airports and travel facilities
  • 12.7 Perspectives
  • 12.8 Conflicts of interest
  • References

Inspec keywords: patient diagnosis; diseases; patient care; reviews; patient treatment

Other keywords: in-flight medical care; review; medical syndromes; medical treatment; marine security monitoring; travel security monitoring; in-flight emergencies; infectious disease diagnosis; point-of-care laboratory; airport security monitoring

Subjects: Reviews and tutorial papers; resource letters; Patient care and treatment; Patient diagnostic methods and instrumentation; Patient care and treatment; Biomedical measurement and imaging

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