ASSTC and field sensors - new technology for emergency care
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) together with the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC) sponsored the design and production of a far-forward, lightweight, small footprint, reconfigurable, highly mobile Advanced Surgical Suite for Trauma Casualties (ASSTC) to reduce combat casualties and morbidity. The KIA (Killed in Action) fraction has remained relatively constant over major wars and conflicts since the early 1900s. One third of the KIA perish after 10 minutes. ASSTC has the potential to dramatically lower this fraction by providing resuscitative care within a short period of wound infliction and not requiring long transport times to the caregivers. ASSTC is also unique in its capability to serve in multiple missions including humanitarian aid, infectious disease control, and disaster relief. Adding field sensors to ASSTC greatly enhances the capability of this highly mobile system to operate in many areas.
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