Senior Completion Engineer

by Nov 10, 2017career

The Situation

Battlefield medical treatment has advanced tremendously in recent years; this is exemplified by the development of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), which emphasizes immediate attention to life-threatening conditions, such as airway blockage or fatal bleeding. Unfortunately, certain injuries, such as non-compressible hemorrhages in junctional or inguinal areas like the abdomen or pelvis, cannot be addressed by these techniques. Inventors have developed new types of tourniquets to respond to this challenge, which address abdominal and pelvic injuries. While these hemorrhage-control technologies have been validated and approved for use by the FDA as well as accepted into the TCCC guidelines, training systems for these technologies have not been fully realized. Training systems that can teach and refresh skills for these types of injuries are vital because the injuries are rare on the battlefield and difficult to train.

The Charles River Analytics Solution

Charles River Analytics is developing the Tourniquet Master Training (TMT) system to teach, assess, and provide refresher training on this new tourniquet technology. TMT is a scenario-based training system that allows trainees to practice using tourniquets such as the Sam Junctional Tourniquet (SJT) or the Abdominal Aortic Junctional Tourniquet™ (AAJT) (see photo). TMT includes a sensor-system linked to a software-based virtual mentor that provides automatic, objective assessment and feedback during training. A mobile application provides refresher training during deployment or when a manikin is not available for practice. TMT works with multiple types of manikins and adapts to future tourniquet technology advances.

The Abdominal Aortic Junctional Tourniquet™ (Photo courtesy of Compression Works)

Charles River Analytics demonstrating the TMT system at the TATRC open house

This material is based upon work supported by the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command under Contract No. W81XWH-13-C-0021. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.