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Handhelds to guide medics

Shanghai Medical Emergency Center will be able to track patients by cell phone as part of public-health efforts for the World Expo, health officials said yesterday.

The capability, to be in place by May 1, improves on the existing system of showing addresses of fixed phone calls, which lets emergency staff locate patients who are too anxious or sick to give their address over the phone.

"Now the system is upgraded for tracking the address of a cell phone," said Zhao Huaqiang, director of Shanghai Emergency Medical Center.

More than 120 ambulances will be on shift in downtown areas every day of the event. Seven ambulances will park inside the Expo zone and dozens of others will be at the 13 first aid spots around the Expo zone for quick patient transport in an emergency.

Zhao said cardiocerebral vascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes, and physical injuries will be the most likely reasons Expo visitors will call for first aid.


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