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The challenge

Measuring and monitoring vital signs of trauma patients at the point of injury remains a time consuming and manual process for first response medics.

The solution

Cambridge Design Partnership identified the need for a low-cost device to bridge the gap between manual methods of vital signs measurement – which can be laborious and challenging amidst the noise and stress of a disaster or on the front line - and more expensive patient monitoring systems.

  • Applied Expertise
  • Research & strategy
  • Human factors
  • Industrial design
  • Packaging
  • Technology development
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electronic engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Wireless & connected
  • Short run manufacturing
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Supply chain management

 The First Response Monitor enables:

  • Fast, reliable measurement and real-time display of respiratory and heart rate

  • Records data to allow access to vital signs trend data over time

  • Connected to smartphone or tablet for data analyses of multiple patient triage


The lightweight, robust and low-cost wearable device not only monitors patients but collects and transmits data in real-time, enabling the medic to care for a greater number of casualties, providing more effective casualty triage to deliver improved patient outcomes.

The small device clips onto a patient’s nose and monitors breathing rate and heart rate, giving ‘at a glance’ indication of both parameters, and this data is added to a trends graph showing how these measurements have changed over time. This enables the medic to focus their efforts on providing care rather than taking measurements but also enables the care giver to understand how the patient’s condition has changed over time. The data can then transmitted using Bluetooth low energy to a smartphone app or tablet, enabling other data analyses such as multiple patient triage or situational awareness across the group.

First response Monitor has won two Red Dot awards, including the coveted 'Best of the Best' award in the Life Science category.

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