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 34 of 39 Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 | 33 specifications to improve individual warfighter equipment and rations. Finally researchers have developed strategies for personal status monitoring and a variety of algorithms to prevent and detect warfighter performance decrements and produced health hazard assessments. For example, in 2015 researchers from USARIEM completed the Physical Demands Study, a three-phase process tasked by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command which involved over 1,100 Soldiers, to establish occupational-specific standards for the combat arms specialties. The study product was the development of the Occupational Physical Assessment Test a valid, safe, and legally defensible set of physical performance tests to use and ensure all combat arms Soldiers have the physical fitness required to perform the critical, physically demanding tasks in each specialty regardless of gender. The result was a four-event test involving a deadlift, broad jump, medicine ball push, and a variation on the shuttle run. In the future the OPAT could be used to test recruits and meet the physical demands of certain specialties. Additionally, the Altitude Readiness Management System and the Soldier Water Estimation Tool decision aids were transitioned to PM Nett Warrior and fielded to FORSCOM and SOCOM units in April 2015. ARMS is the first mission-composite risk-management decision aid that provides leaders with new capabilities to better plan training and operational missions at high altitudes and mitigate the impact of altitude on health and performance. SWET is a decision aid that estimates drinking water requirements providing leaders with a new field expedient capability to accurately plan drinking water requirements and thus sustain warfighter health and performance. Cooperation for Technology Advancement USARIEM also successfully formalized Technology Transition Agreements (TTAs) for several scientifically founded decision aids, completed biophysical assessments and modeling studies specifically for current and prototype body armor systems. Researchers conducted and published results of biophysical assessment of all currently used personal protective clothing ensembles for healthcare responders during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, enabling predictions of heat stress within the West Africa environmental conditions based on various human sizes and various activity levels. Also recently, scientists at USARIEM took a leadership role to better understand the impact of military operational stressors on the gut microbiome by gathering scientists from across the DoD performing research in this topic area so as to learn from each other and begin coordinating research efforts. Evidence accumulated by scientists at USARIEM was utilized to initiate the implementation of a fortified snack product containing calcium and vitamin D for optimization of bone health and a multi-vitamin containing iron for maintenance of iron status in women during initial military training. Command Profile USARIEM PROMOTING NATIONAL SECURITY SINCE 1919 AUGUST 29 - SEPT 1, 2016 WWW.NDIA.ORG/EXHIBITS/6780 COLUMBUS, OH DLA Land & Maritime Supplier Conference & Exposition "Maximizing Warfghter Readiness Today and Tomorrow... the Strategic Advantage of Better Buying Power" Book Your Booth Online Today!

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