Portable device could make the difference between life and death


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For the U.S. Navy, providing trauma care for Marines and sailors deployed in remote locations poses a daunting challenge. When a person suffers major trauma — a bullet or shrapnel wound, a serious head injury, a severe burn — rapid access to high-level medical care can literally be a matter of life and death. But Navy and Marine Corps personnel often suffer such injuries in places and situations where such care may be many hours away.

What’s needed is a way to make the clinical expertise and capabilities of a critical care center available to patients while they’re being evacuated. And that’s why the Office of Naval Research has teamed up with biomedical scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to develop the Automated Critical Care System.