LSTAT-lite Life Support For Trauma and Transport-lite Demoed

DARPA's new Life Support For Trauma and Transport-Lite was rolled down the ramp of an MV-22 Osprey aircraft at MCAS New River, North Carolina earlier in the month. LSTAT has been around since 1999; however, the LSTAT-lite is considerably lighter and more affordable.


(LSTAT-lite demonstration Photo: Lance Cpl. M. L. Meier)

The basic mission of the LSTAT-lite is to bring the hospital to the Marine, instead of the Marine to the hospital. The LSTAT is a self-contained, stretcher-based miniature intensive care unit. It was originally designed by the United States Army to provide care for critically injured patients in remote areas and during transport. It contains conventional medical equipment that has been integrated into one platform and reduced in size to fit within the dimensional envelope of a standard sized NATO stretcher.

The original versions of the LSTAT weighed down aircraft with its two-hundred pound bulk; this limits its deployment to rear echelons and for evacuation from theater. The LSTAT-lite weighs just fifty pounds; it is more customizable and can be readily deployed to the far forward battlefield (including urban areas). The objectives of the LSTAT-lite program are

  • Reduce weight and size through modularization, new materials; decrease batteries through intelligent power management.
  • Redesign integration by modular configuration of all the subsystems that are hot swappable.
  • Develop closed loop control of critical systems such as ventilator, IV fluid administration, etc.
As long as DARPA is trying to make science fiction come true, they might as well aim at Larry Niven's autodoc, which first appeared in his 1970 novel Ringworld. In the story, an alien named Nessus is injured far from any hospital; how can he be treated?

But they got him into the autodoc anyway. It was a puppeteer-shaped coffin, form-fitted to Nessus himself, and bulky Puppeteer surgeons and mechanics must have intended that it should handle any conceivable circumstance.
(Read more about Larry Niven's autodoc

You might want to take a look at the Trauma Pod Battlefield Medical Treatment System, another DARPA project. The reference articles are here and here.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 6/29/2006)

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 ( 0 )

Related News Stories - (" Medical ")

Organaut! Russians 3D Print Living Tissue In Space
'For a while your colonists will have to come up [to orbit] to the Hospital...' - Larry Niven, 1968.

MIT Scientists Create 'Peek-a-Boo Prober' From Jetsons
Well, George, it's the latest thing.

Wound Healing With Wearable Nanogenerators
'... forcing the energy transfer which allowed him to ... erase the other internal-external damage.' - Frank Herbert, 1972.

EXPLORER, The First Total-Body Scanner
'The object is built up of an infinite series of plane layers, at the focus of the ray...' - Jack Williamson, 1930.

 

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

Spicy Tomatoes Created With Genetic Engineering
How about mashed potatoes and brown gravy?

Driverless Hotel Rooms Predicted In 1828
'Did you never see a moving house before?'

Yandex Self-Driving Taxi Is Very Smooth
'The big car was slowing down, its computer brain sensing an exit ahead.'

Shrimp Actually Made Of Algae Is A New Wave Food
Bring in that crop algae.

Cosplay Style Wings Could Work On Moon
'They're lovely! - titanalloy struts as light and strong as bird-bones...'

Tesla Model 3 Has Outside Speaker Grille
Robert Heinlein does it again.

Arizona Luddites Attack Self-Driving Vehicles
'Trucks don't drive by themselves...' Or do they?

Organaut! Russians 3D Print Living Tissue In Space
'For a while your colonists will have to come up [to orbit] to the Hospital...'

WINE Spacecraft To Extract Water From Asteroids
'Yes, strangely enough there was still sufficient water beneath the surface of Vesta.'

Japanese Swordsmiths Take On Asteroids
'... a tiny, rocket-powered projectile, drove towards the mysterious bulk.'

Saturn's Rings To Vanish, Let's Mine Them While We Can
'...the valuable shards of what had once been satellites.'

Humans Could Take Up A LOT Less Space
We'd have a lot more room for gardening...

Implosion Fabrication Shrinks 3D Objects To Nanoscale
'Carter had watched miniaturization a hundred times...'

GMO Houseplant Cleans Your Air
Removes compounds too small to be captured by a HEPA filter.

Nova Meat Can 3D Print Your Dinner
Printing out chicken nuggets.

MIT Scientists Create 'Peek-a-Boo Prober' From Jetsons
Well, George, it's the latest thing.

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.