Combat & Casualty Care

Q2 2016

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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Page 31 of 39 30 | Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 MedEvac Spotlight Evolution in Mobile Care Aeromedical crews and Critical Care Air Transport teams (CCAT) have accomplished significant improvements in care and decreasing mortality during the last sixteen years of conf lict. We now have the capability to deploy a true f lying intensive care/emergency resuscitation module. Roll on/Roll off modules will provide medically familiar surroundings. This will enhance patient evaluation and treatment during the enroute care phase of medical evacuation. Enhanced lighting, vibration dampening, noise reduction (ability to have a conversation without headsets), stable environmental control (heating and air conditioning), positive or negative air f low, humidification and ease of decontamination are critical factors in improving the medical care environment for our wounded service members. These modules are self-contained and only require power from the aircraft. Additional benefits include the ability to physically separate the patient and medical teams from the airframe and aircrew. The ease of decontamination may decrease aircraft corrosion challenges from body f luid exposure. Deployment strategies can utilize a hub and spoke model for deployment as the modules can be loaded onto U.S. military aircraft and deployed to an air hub. Mission planning can delineate the configuration of the module and its readiness requirement. A particular mission may have high risk of combat casualties and the airframe can be prepositioned and module loaded for the duration of the risk. Once the combat operations are completed, the module can be off loaded and the aircraft utilized for other missions. The modules can be utilized as a ground based medical care facility if desired. These modules can be configured for VIP transport or critical cargo transport in addition to medical specialty needs. Specific modules for surgical, burn care, pediatric and biocontainment are available. Advances in the transport environment will allow changes in doctrine and provide a safe transport mode for emerging infectious disease type patients such as ebola viral disease and corona viruses. Modules can be equipped with current and future telemedicine capabilities as well as continuous data stream monitoring. Enhancements such as ballistic protection and pressurization may be provided. The open platform architecture allows for multiple configurations and uses of a single module. It provides "new value to old hardware" when a C-130 or CH-47 can be the primary movement aircraft for critical care evacuation and disaster response. As the U.S. Air Force does not have dedicated aeromedical evacuation aircraft, these modules can repurpose current aircraft to provide state of the art medical care even in anti-access area denial environments. Projecting Care Everywhere "Soft power projection" is an area where the U.S. military excels with expertise in logistic support and medical aid in response to large-scale disasters around the world. The modules identified can enhance this response capability and interface with foreign governments and non-governmental organizations. Roll on/Roll off medical modules with open platform architecture provide enhanced medical capabilities in a medically familiar environment for our medics. As with any new or updated concept it requires forward thinking leaders who are willing to challenge dogma and tradition in order to advance capabilities. Roll on/Roll off medical modules are an integral component to solving the tyranny of distance challenge of enroute care. KAMS Universal Patient Module features negative or positive pressure air fow, 30 air changes per hour, humidifcation and a surface decontamination system, providing an environment which exceeds hospitals standards. (KAMS)

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