By Kristen Hensley
UTMB Office of Marketing and Communications 
The Office of Naval Research has teamed up with biomedical scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch to develop the Automated Critical Care System, a package expected to be no larger than a backpack that will automatically sense and respond to a patient’s condition with appropriate IV fluids and emergency drugs.

Intended to be a “cruise control” for critical care, the ACCS will make it possible to support casualties in the limited space available inside a crowded aircraft or ground transport.

U.S. Marine Corps requirements specify that it be able to autonomously manage a critically injured casualty for up to six hours.