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Could new communication systems be used to advise public in emergency situations? The HSDPA/WCDMA-based video telephony application to pre-hospital care medicine
  1. J S You1,
  2. S Park1,
  3. S P Chung2,
  4. J W Park3
  1. 1
    Ulsan Fire Department Headquarters, Ulsan, Republic of Korea
  2. 2
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  3. 3
    Department of Emergency Medicine, Changwon Fatima Hospital, Changwon, Republic of Korea
  1. Dr J W Park, Department of Emergency Medicine, Changwon Fatima Hospital, 212 Myeongseo-Dong, Changwon 641–560, Republic of Korea; erman{at}

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Recently in a popular TV commercial in Korea, a child tries to activate the emergency medical services system saying an elephant is in the house; the dispatcher doesn’t believe him because the dispatcher can only hear the child’s voice.

Figure 1 Korean TV commercial on video-telephony on the scene (critical mobile images of patient are sent direct to physician). (Picture reproduced with permission of KTF Co Ltd.)

In established mobile communications we can only use voice communications with limited transfer of still images. However, high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)/wideband code division multiple …

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