Air Force

Battlefield assisted trauma distributed observation kit

Created to enhance point-of-injury care on the battlefield, the benefits of the BATDOK software tools are directly transferable to other mobile healthcare situations

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Chief Master Sgt. Robert Bean, an Air Force pararescue jumper, demonstrates how the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit

Chief Master Sgt. Robert Bean, an Air Force pararescue jumper, demonstrates how the battlefield assisted trauma distributed observation kit can be worn on the wrist.

Invented by researchers in the Air Force Research Laboratory, Airman Systems Directorate, the battlefield assisted trauma distributed observation kit (BATDOK*) is a point-of-injury software tool. The kit enables medics to wirelessly monitor multiple patients’ vitals simultaneously at the point-of-injury, to capture a complete history of each patient’s medical treatment from point-of-injury through medical evacuation, and follow-on transfer to the next level of care.

Refined with many iterations of medic use feedback, BATDOK leverages operator-centric, intuitive, easy-to-use mobile interfaces to facilitate maximum awareness and documentation of in-field patient care. BATDOK hosts a variety of multimodal covert/overt notifications, alerting the medic when patients cross predefined, user-set health thresholds. BATDOK can reference offline, current standard medical care procedures/guidelines through a drop and drag file structure accessed with single-click actions.

Moreover, BATDOK was designed as an open architecture system to easily incorporate existing/emerging FDA wireless sensors, allowing the medic to select desired sensors for their unique mission. The BATDOK is a sensor and wireless protocol agnostic tool, allowing it to scale as new sensors and communications protocols come online.

Main Modules

  • Assessment: Current system targets to aggregate and monitor patient’s vital signs. It is an open architecture/sensor agnostic system. Can monitor simultaneously 1-25+ patients (depending on connected sensor(s)) on one smartphone
  • Documentation: Point-of-injury documentation – user-friendly GUIs. Easy recording of patient medical treatments includes hands-free (audio recording capabilities), use of smartphone camera (barcode scanning & image capturing) and NFC (RFID tags) to log care and medications received
  • Collaboration: Supports network sharing (peer-to-peer, ad hoc, mesh, etc.) and standalone patient detail views ensuring all communicating personnel have up-to-date information on monitored patients cared for by one person or a team of medical personnel
  • Reference: Offline user-defined medical libraries/references and interactive med-cards
  • Coordination: Interoperable with digital maps, e.g. ATAK, displaying patient accountability, location details, triage coding, current health status, and handling the logistics of medical assets and patient movement
  • Record transfer: Carrier agnostic patient data transfer into EHR. Secure transfer of compressed, encrypted data – can be via tactical radio net, NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or wired systems. Can handle 64,000 patient records/day on one smartphone.

*The U.S. Air Force applied for a trademark on “BATDOK” in 2017.

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