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External Defibrillator with Voice Prompts in Two or More Languages

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032998D
Publication Date: 2004-Nov-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 142K

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Abstract

An AED stores voice prompts in two or more languages. A single actuator button on the device can toggle or scroll through the languages in which voice prompts are available, and highlight the language selected. Once the language is selected, the voice prompt automatically changes to that language.

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External Defibrillator with Voice Prompts in Two or More Languages

     Some areas in the United States have large numbers of people who do not speak English fluently, or who use a language other than English as their primary language. The Hispanic population in California is around 32% of the total population of that state. Texas also has a large population of Hispanic origin. Just about all service organizations in these states offer their services in both English and Spanish as options. Outside the United States, many countries have dual or multiple official languages. For instance, English and French are commonly used in Canada.

     In areas such as these, a potential rescuer who may be in a position to affect a rescue with an AED may be English-speaking or (in the case of an area with an Hispanic population), Spanish-speaking. It may be the case that two responders to a cardiac emergency may speak two different languages.

     Many external defibrillators use voice prompts to instruct the user on how to use the device, performance of CPR, and other actions a rescuer using a defibrillator should perform, such as calling 911. Some external defibrillators require a loader that is not available to the general public in order to reprogram the defibrillator device from one language to another. Many external defibrillators store a set of voice prompts in a single language only and cannot switch to another language while it is in operation. To accommodate a multilingual population, it would be desirable to expand the flexibility and capability of eternal defibrillators in language management. To accommodate the needs of bi-lingual or multi-lingual population bases, defibrillators (in particular, AED's) it is desirable for the device to be able to switch the language in which aural voice prompts are given from one language to another other while t...