Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2017

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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comfortable environment for the staff and patients during hot and cold extremes. The new shelter is streamlined for shipping purposes, which also makes it easier for Soldiers to maneuver. The TAS weighs about 1,600 pounds, which is about 50 percent lighter than the old TEMPER. "Reducing the weight of the new field hospital by 17 tons, while deploying 50 percent faster, is a real game changer to be more expeditionary for the AMEDD," said Lee. It takes four personnel eight minutes to roll out the shelter for deployment and a diesel or electric compressor does the rest. The shelter can be erected in about 15 minutes. The air beams, end walls, floor and liners are already part of the shelter itself. Self-contained vestibules allow for covered entrance protection against the elements. Additionally, easy-to-assemble corridors are provided for sanitary climate-controlled inter-shelter passage. Among the additional items available for the TAS is a solar shade, which is laid over the top of the shelter before it is deployed. The shade reduces the solar loading by 90 percent and keeps the temperature in the hospital more comfortable for patients and staff. This also saves fuel and energy. In case of chemical or biological attack, newer 32-foot tents accommodate advanced collective protection liners. This allows for a 72-hour continuation of medical and surgical functions and sustenance of patients and staff in a contaminated environment. "Changes made to the TAS mitigate multiple hazards that we have with the TEMPER system and enable medical to be compatible with other Army assets in the field. We're now compatible with Force Provider, we're now compatible with rest and relaxation shelters, dining shelters, etc.," said Hawbecker. "This means that components can be interchangeable and logistics support can be shared. We now have commonality of parts and resources. This moves us in the right direction for meeting the Chief of Staff of the Army's vision for expeditionary forces for making medical much more expeditionary." Out-dated Design Modularity Another integral part of field hospitals, rigid wall shelters (RWS), are starting to show their age after more than 20 years in the field. The MSS PMO will refurbish the current shelters with a carbon composite retrofit kit developed in coordination with the Tactical Shelters Team, U.S. Army NSRDEC and also Core Composites, a division of ROM Development Corporation in Bristol, Rhode Island. The RWS begins as a 8 feet high, 8 feet wide and 20 feet long container. The efficient design unfolds to triple its size, providing a floor, ceiling and four walls; maximizing available floor space. However, the current shelters are made out of lightweight aluminum, which causes instability in the design. "The RWS retrofit kits will improve our ability to provide better patient care with a more stable floor and more energy efficient shelter," said Lee. The carbon-composite material is two times stiffer, which allows for more floor stability and minimizes vibration during surgery. The shelter itself will be 20 percent lighter than the current aluminum design and the containers can now be stacked nine-high, as opposed to the previous six-high, which lessens shipping costs. Additionally, an application of Tnemec's Aerolon 945 to the ceiling will provide better insulation, making the shelters more energy efficient. "The USAMMDA has begun retrofitting the shelters this year," said Lee. More info: The Rigid Wall Shelters with carbon composite retrofit kit, addressing current deficiencies, was setup with the TEMPER air-supported shelter for a U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command product demo. (Photo courtesy of USAMMDA Medical Support Systems Project Management Office) Mobile Medical Fielding Hospital-level Care Spring 2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 11

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