About Intelemed Technologies
Defining the Problem: The unstable nature of the battlefield presents significant challenges in detecting and caring for critically wounded soldiers. While technological advances have reduced morbidity and mortality significantly; many combat casualties are still not receiving adequate care for their injuries. The Army’s Medical Department (AMEDD), the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine (BUMED), and Joint Special Operations Command (JSCO) need practical applications to guide medics and physicians in providing proper care for their patients in combat. The “golden hour” may pass; and casualties who may otherwise be extracted successfully may not be treated appropriately. In the words of Gunnery Sergeant Ryan Shane, a Marine who was seriously wounded while attempting casualty evacuation, “The number one thing that will slow down your plan in a firefight is not the enemy – it is casualties…you have to plan how you are going to deal with casualties because momentum wins battles...casualties crush momentum.”
The challenges in providing proper CASEVAC care arise from a number of factors, including wounded soldiers’ inability to signal that they need medical assistance; the challenge of finding casualties on the battlefield amid chaos; and difficulties presented in assessing the extent of injuries, many of which may not be immediately evident to first responders. Field equipment must also be light and rugged. It must be capable of withstanding vibrations; extreme temperatures; rough handling; and nuclear, biological, and chemical threats.