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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After more than 20 years in the field, rigid wall shelters (RWS), an integral part of Army field hospitals, are starting to show their age. There are problems with stability, transportation issues and the need for more energy efficiency. The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA) Medical Support Systems Project Management Office (MSSPMO) has found a solution to meet those needs. An RWS starts out as a 20 feet long, 8 feet high, and 8 feet wide container and unfolds to triple in size, providing a floor, ceiling and four walls. It is a very efficient design, which maximizes available floor space and can be set up by four to six people in less than an hour. However, because the RWS is made of aluminum, which enables the shelter to be light-weight, it has its drawbacks. Working in coordination with Melvin Jee and Roger Masadi of the Tactical Shelters Team, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center and also Core Composites, a division of ROM Development Corporation in Bristol, Rhode Island, the MSS PMO will use a carbon composite retrofit kit to refurbish the current shelters and address the deficiencies. "Carbon composite [carbon fibers coated in resin] is two times stiffer and overall the shelter will be 20 percent lighter than the current aluminum design," said Richard O'Meara of Core Composites, a division of ROM Development Corporation. The RWSs are used for the core parts of the hospital, housing the operating room, the C-arm [portable radiology], and the laboratory; where the floor needs to be stable and free of vibration. BUILDING MODULARITY INTO MED SHELTERS The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity (USAMMDA), part of the Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC), is retrofitting aging rigid wall shelters to remedy inadequacies. By Barbara Romiti, USAMMDA Soldier from the 115th CSH prepare to deploy a TEMPER air-supported shelter. The process takes about 15 minutes for the 64-foot section to inflate. (Photo courtesy of Carey Phillips, USAMMDA) Mobile Medical Fielding Hospital-level Care 4 | Combat & Casualty Care | Spring 2017

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