Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Virtual Medical System Beams Navy Into 21st Century

Date:
June 2, 2000
Source:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Summary:
A new virtual medical system under development at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could save time and potentially lives by helping Navy medical corpsmen treat and transport injured sailors or marines more efficiently.

Contact: Staci Maloof(509) 372-6313, staci.maloof@pnl.gov

RICHLAND, Wash. - Time is the enemy for military medical staff struggling to treat injured personnel. Each second spared enhances a person’s chances of surviving. A new virtual medical system under development at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could save time and potentially lives by helping Navy medical corpsmen treat and transport injured sailors or marines more efficiently.

Pacific Northwest engineers designed this prototype system, called TacMedCS for Tactical Medical Coordination System, to expedite the process corpsmen use to assess injuries, administer treatment and transport patients. TacMedCS relies on radio-frequency technology, electronics and global-positioning systems to quickly store, record and transmit information on an injured person’s medical condition.

At the heart of TacMedCS is a radio-frequency (RF) tag, encapsulated in rubber, that Pacific Northwest engineers built to be the same size as a metal dog tag. The RF tag is a futuristic medical chart - an electronic record of the person’s medical condition, blood type and allergies.

“We’re applying a flexible, easy-to-use technology in a way that allows Navy corpsmen to provide better and faster treatment,” said Ron Gilbert, Pacific Northwest engineer. “The faster a corpsman can treat one patient, the sooner he can reach the next injured person. Our goal is to make their job as simple as possible.”

Pacific Northwest engineers collaborated with the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, or NAMRL, of Pensacola, Fla., and Navy corpsmen who provided expertise on the demands of their jobs and how the medical system could be designed to help them do their jobs more efficiently.

Based on that input, Pacific Northwest engineers designed the RF dog tag to be read from up to four feet away in less than one second, which frees up more time for treating injuries.

TacMedCS also improves upon the paper tag system Navy corpsmen use to record treatment information. This tag, called a triage tag, can be an unreliable record if it gets torn or stained.

The RF tag developed by Pacific Northwest engineers consists of a tiny silicon chip and antenna and can store up to 110 characters of information. Using TacMedCS, corpsmen will carry electronic devices, called interrogators, that beam radio-frequency waves and “read” data recorded on the tag. The data is uploaded almost instantaneously into a program stored on a miniaturized hand-held computer.

A computer program automatically formats the sailor or marine’s information onto a screen, where a corpsman simply points and clicks to indicate alertness, location and type of injury. Information on how the patient was treated can be programmed back into the RF dog tag. Using a global-positioning system, the corpsman also sends the location of the wounded sailor or marine to the tag and command center personnel, who can coordinate transport of multiple patients according to severity of wounds. The ability to expedite transport is important to corpsmen who are responsible for medical care of an entire unit.

Pacific Northwest engineers have tested the prototype TacMedCS to ensure the tag can be read through military clothing, including chemical and biological suits, Kevlar vests, body armor vests and field jackets. The Office of Naval Research funded development of TacMedCS with $100,000 for collaboration between NAMRL and Pacific Northwest.

Over the past decade, Pacific Northwest engineers have developed radio-frequency tags for inventory control of items ranging from designer clothing to military night vision goggles. Visit http://electronics.pnl.gov:2080/ for more information on Pacific Northwest’s electronic sensors group.

Business inquiries on this or other Pacific Northwest technologies should be directed to 1-888-375-PNNL or e-mail: inquiry@pnl.gov.

Pacific Northwest is one of DOE’s nine multiprogram national laboratories and conducts research in the fields of environment, energy, health sciences and national security. Battelle, based in Columbus, Ohio, has operated Pacific Northwest for DOE since 1965.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Virtual Medical System Beams Navy Into 21st Century." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 June 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/05/000531133031.htm>.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (2000, June 2). Virtual Medical System Beams Navy Into 21st Century. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 2, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/05/000531133031.htm
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Virtual Medical System Beams Navy Into 21st Century." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/05/000531133031.htm (accessed September 2, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Snack Attack: Study Says Action Movies Make You Snack More

Snack Attack: Study Says Action Movies Make You Snack More

Newsy (Sep. 2, 2014) You're more likely to gain weight while watching action flicks than you are watching other types of programming, says a new study published in JAMA. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.N. Says Ebola Travel Restrictions Will Cause Food Shortage

U.N. Says Ebola Travel Restrictions Will Cause Food Shortage

Newsy (Sep. 2, 2014) The U.N. says the problem is two-fold — quarantine zones and travel restrictions are limiting the movement of both people and food. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Get on Your Bike! London Cycling Popularity Soars Despite Danger

Get on Your Bike! London Cycling Popularity Soars Despite Danger

AFP (Sep. 1, 2014) Wedged between buses, lorries and cars, cycling in London isn't for the faint hearted. Nevertheless the number of people choosing to bike in the British capital has doubled over the past 15 years. Duration: 02:27 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Can You Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy?

Can You Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy?

Newsy (Sep. 1, 2014) New research says if you condition yourself to eat healthy foods, eventually you'll crave them instead of junk food. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins