Trauma Pod Battlefield Medical Treatment System

DARPA has awarded a $12 million contract to develop an automated medical treatment system that can recieve, assess and stabilize wounded soldiers immediately following injury. The trauma pod is used to treat soldiers on the battlefield using advanced diagnostics and teleoperated instruments.

In the first step, the wounded soldier is loaded into the trauma-pod by fully automated machinery.


(Robotic 'stretcher' (left) brings soldier to pod)

Next, the soldier is given oxygen and is fully scanned, head to toe, with the information processed and ready for remotely-located surgeons to begin the work of triage and treatment.


(Automated full body scan)

Then, surgeons located safely off the battlefield use teleoperated instruments to perform necessary procedures to stabilize the patient. The trauma pod would also be equipped with gauze, medications and other necessary items.


(Telesurgery to remove bullets in left leg)

Finally, the pod is extruded out the top of the unit, where it is picked up by an evac helicopter, so the soldier can be taken to a field hospital for futher treatment.


(Didn't I see this VTOL craft in The Terminator?)

Science fiction writer Frank Herbert wrote about crechepods - fully automated trauma "pods" - in his 1972 novel The Godmakers:

A label on the crechepod identified the disrupted flesh inside as having belonged to an identity called Lewis Orne... The flesh in the pod bore little resemblance to the photo, but even in the flaccid repose of demideath, Orne's unguent-smeared body radiated a bizarre aura....

"Why'd you bother with the pod?" a medic asked. "This patient's vital tone is too low to permit operative replacement of damaged organs due to the energy drain of regrowth." (read more about crechepods)

Also, take a look at Larry Niven's autodoc from his Known Space novels.

SRI International believes that these treatment systems could be operational on the battlefield in ten to fifteen years. The core for the system will be the da Vinci robotic surgical system. This commercialized technology has about 300 installations around the world.

Read more at 'Trauma Pod' Robot to save soldier's lives on the battlefield and SRI to develop robots for battlefield medical care. See the trauma pod video.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 4/5/2005)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 4 )

Related News Stories - (" Medical ")

Can Virtual Reality help People Cope With Pain?
Research is promising.

Talkspace Anonymous Therapy App
'Stonkered or clutched or quite simply going insane, someone reaches for the phone...' - John Brunner, 1975.

Dr. McCoy, Your 'Salt Shaker' Scanner Is Ready
Bones would be so pleased.

'Living Bandage' For Knee Injuries
'It can patch up a smashed and broken body.' - Clifford Simak, 1961.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Cormorant Flying Car
'The cab came floating down out of the sky...'

ElliQ Robot To Help Israel's Grandmas And Grandpas
'The robant and the tiny old woman entered the control room slowly...'

EU Debates Kill Switches For Robots
'I have a mechanism which our autofac on Mars builds as an... emergency safety...'

Scotland Set To Implement Basic Income
'Earned by just being born.'

Sales Robots More Persistent Than Humans
'Robot-salesmen were everywhere, gesturing,,, shrilling...'

AI Identifies Suicidal Behavior With 93 Percent Accuracy
'...He padded into the living room, and seated himself by the suitcase; he opened it, clicked switches, and turned on Dr. Smile.'

Razer Project Valerie Laptop Unfurls
'A paper thin polycarbon screen unfurled silently...'

Can Virtual Reality help People Cope With Pain?
Research is promising.

Dust Movement On The Moon, Saturn's Rings Solved
'...The dust normally on the surface picks up and keeps a charge.'

Largest Micro-Drone Swarm Release Successful
'... Programmed to hang in space in a hexagonal grid pattern.'

Robot Motion Planning 10K Times Faster
'The robot crab... fired a burst of light, then froze...'

Reconfigured Graphene 10X Strong, 5 Percent Dense, As Steel
'...It was made of Alohydrolium, which is the lightest of all metals.'

Axiom - The World's First Private Space Station?
'So Webb Foster had built his space laboratory... It was a great crystal sphere, a thousand feet in diameter.'

DataTraveler Ultimate Generation 2 Terabyte Flashdrive
'A man or woman could carry AIs or complete planetary data spheres...'

HyperFace Aims To Foil Facial Recognition
'...A million and a half physiognomic fraction-representations of various people.'

MIT's aeroMorph Technology
'... It falls into that structure like a rubber figure returning to shape.'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.