A cardiac arrest at sea can be treated at full speed thanks to 5G, in the same way that a smart shirt can transmit the vital parameters of the person who wears it in the blink of an eye with this same technology.
5G should help save lives that are now considered lost, as it allows reaching areas currently without coverage or acting remotely with an almost immediate response that is simply unthinkable with 3G or 4G.
Imagine that you are on the high seas with your son and suddenly you see how he faints due to cardiac arrest. Little can be done now but turn the rudder towards land and, in the meantime, keep your fingers crossed.
But 5G, along with other advances, should facilitate faster, on-site action to prevent misfortunes, as demonstrated by a pilot test promoted by Mobile World Capital Barcelona together with, among others, the Medical Emergency System (SEM) and the Hospital Sant Joan de Deu, presented this Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Saving lives on the high seas

In this case, a subcutaneous device would immediately notify the emergency services and the hospital center if it detects an anomaly in the heart rhythm. Upon receiving the notice, the two teams would get down to work immediately, contacting the family and heading ipso facto towards the ship.
Already on the ship, with a tablet with 5G, the emergency services and the health personnel would coordinate the action to be carried out: in addition, the doctors should not only be guided by the words of the emergency personnel, but they would have the result of an echocardiography performed in situ and transmitted via 5G.
One tends to think that for the above to become a reality a few decades must pass, but no, something like this could already be done tomorrow , as explained by the general director of the SEM, Antoni Encinas.

ZTE’s ‘smart’ t-shirt
But there are more scenarios in which 5G can improve the lives of patients: this is the case of a T-shirt designed by ZTE, capable of analyzing biovital parameters with sensors placed on the fabric, then sent to a control unit, converting them into digital and transmits them to a smart phone or watch.
This shirt also allows an “ultra-fast” transmission to health and control centers, precisely thanks to 5G.

Making hospitalizations more bearable

There are two other examples that seek to make hospitalizations more bearable, which are unbearable, especially in the case of adolescents: the Boost Board and Squishy applications , winners of a hackathon organized by Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
The first consists of an augmented reality solution that allows patients to exchange interactive messages and create leisure spaces together with the rest of the patients on the floor.
While the second has designed a 360-degree camera that, thanks to sensors, detects and transmits emotions and gives the patient’s family and friends the chance to exchange interactive messages and create virtual leisure spaces together with other hospitalized people.
One last application, this time designed for the world of football, allows, through intelligent shin guards (baptized Hx50), to send data to the cloud directly: calories, heart rate and temperature are analyzed, among other things. This is a Humanox project that in this case does not use 5G, but rather transmits data through a SIM card, as if it were a phone call.

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