Medical researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical school have come up with an autonomous trauma care system you can fit in a backpack.
The idea of this innovative digital transformation move is to develop an option of treating and stabilising soldiers in a difficult terrain where it would be too hard to send a full medical team. Ron Poropatich, M.D., and a retired colonel, states that the system relies on machine learning and capturing data.
This new technology is called TRAuma Care in a Rucksack (or TRACIR for short). In practice, this will resemble a cocoon-like robotic suit in which an injured soldier is placed. The monitors inside can assess the injury, then the AI systems proceed to apply the critical care needed such as medications and intravenous fluids.
That being said, the project is still in its initial phases and many technological components required to make it happen are not yet in existence. Artur Dubrawski from CMU’s Robotics Institute explains that everyone has a different vision of what the final version will be,but the ideas have a common ground – this will be a backpack containing an inflatable vest. Whatever assistance needed to make it work could easily be applied by an individual without medical training.
Soldiers, however, are not the only group of people who will benefit from having this system available; mountain climbers, boaters, and hikers will surely be taking interest in it as well. Poropatich hopes that it will one day be used by astronauts too.