Sensors to help Para Jumper treat multiple patients at the same time

Researchers from the U.S. Air Force’s 711th Human Performance Wing, Human Effectiveness Directorate are working on sensors called BATDOK (Battlefield Airmen Trauma Distributed Observation Kit) that will allow a single Para Jumper treat several wounded patients at the same time.

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Photo: 711th Human Performance Wing, Human Effectiveness Directorate

“Currently PJs treat patients one-to-one,” said Dr. Gregory Burnett, the program’s chief engineer. “Now we can have one PJ treat and monitor multiple patients simultaneously.”

Out in the battlefield, the PJ will attach the sensors on patients’ chests, arms and fingers. The data will be feedback via wireless to a variety of devices ranging from smartphones to tablets.

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