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October 14, 1974

Mobile Physician Command: A New Dimension in Civilian Telemetry-Rescue Systems

Author Affiliations

From the departments of medicine (Dr. Hirschman), Division of Cardiology, and anesthesiology (Drs. Nagel and Nussenfeld), University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami. Dr. Nagel is now with the Harbor General Hospital, UCLA, Los Angeles.

JAMA. 1974;230(2):255-258. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240020045022

The Miami (Fla) Emergency Care system, first to make regular use of radio telemetry of electrocardiograms to hospital-based physicians, now also employs physicians who, while moving freely about in their normal professional practices, supplement and occasionally replace the hospital physicians.

The expansion of this emergency care system, accomplished by belt-carried walkie-talkie radio, frees the system from dependence on the hospitalbase station and elevates the level of care. This medical command model is applicable to practically all communities.

(JAMA 230:255-258, 1974)