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Emergency response work is physically and mentally exhausting, placing extreme demands on the paramedic both at the civilian and military settings. The critical equipment transferred from one place to another is often quite heavy. A lighter and more focused defibrillator, a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart in case of a cardiac arrest, was recently launched by Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT), a company expertizing in pre-hospital care.

The company’s Tempus ALS monitor and defibrillator enables paramedics to carry less and do much more. Furthermore, its advanced data collection and sharing capabilities offer a clear pathway for organizations looking to realize the vision of the Smart Ambulance, according to

The military-grade Tempus ALS comprises a 3.2 kg advanced vital signs monitor and 2 kg professional defibrillator that slots into the paramedic’s fully-equipped grab bag. It is the lightest and most ergonomic solution on the market, minimizing the load carried by already overburdened paramedics. The compact lightweight design further allows for standardization across all vehicle types – from bikes to cars, ambulances to helicopters – offering the unprecedented flexibility of deployment.

Better user interface: The Tempus ALS incorporates a unique dual screen capability that allows the monitor and defibrillator to perform all functions independently but to automatically pair when together. This helps the user to focus solely on the critical information at hand and to better recognize and manage a deteriorating patient.  

Improving situational awareness: The Tempus ALS is underpinned by the same platform that powers the Tempus Pro, the vital signs monitor of choice for the UK MOD and a large percentage of NATO militaries. Its smart data capture and sharing capabilities improve situational awareness and allow for better informed treatment decisions to be made. For example, patient data can be integrated with existing patient record systems.

“Measuring, recording and transmitting physiological data accurately is crucial, not only for life-saving pre-hospital care, but also for audit, research and clinical development,” said Professor Richard Lyon MBE – Associate Medical Director, KSSAAT. “At Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, we have embedded the system into the core of our operation. The Tempus design allows it to be carried easily within our response pack, yet it is versatile enough to transmit data directly from scene, ambulance or even helicopter in-flight.”