STI-TP-1120-Virtual Evacuation Vehicles for Training Medics (VEV-TM)

Period of Performance: 04/27/2010 - 11/26/2010

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Systems Technology, Inc.
13766 Hawthorne Blvd. Array
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) in Iraq and Afghanistan has often been conducted remotely from the point of injury (POI) due to medical vehicle vulnerability to attacks. However, 90% of all soldiers who have historically died due to battle injuries did so before they were treated at a medical facility [Ref. 1], with hemorrhage being the overriding cause. To improve these statistics the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle/Heavy Armored Ground Ambulance (HAGA) has been developed, tested and recently deployed. By making the HAGA more survivable to IED and combat, its mission now includes POI treatment. But because of the very limited number of HAGA s that have been produced there have been none available for stateside training. Consequently the first time combat medics see the HAGA is in theater, and a capability gap due to training exists for combat medics newly assigned to the HAGA. STI proposes the Combat Medic Simulator (CMS), employing Fused Reality and offering various hardware configurations so that training requirements can be optimally matched with available resources and constraints. CMS virtual training will include equipment familiarization, communications, operations in visually degraded environments, night vision goggle emulation, casualty assessment/treatment/movement, and casualty disposition.