Medical monitor strategic pouch

The U.S. Navy has invented a special pouch for forward deploying mobile patient monitoring devices to enable advanced medical care closer to the point of injury

Medical & Biotechnology

The Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren Division recently invented a field pouch for attaching a ruggedized patient monitoring device to a litter. The patented design is available via license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it.

Patent drawing of the Navy’s Air Certified Medical Monitor Strategic Pouch, which turns the medical monitor and ancillary equipment into a versatile and configurable single package that is also certified for use during aviation evacuations. The bag enables ready access to connections for medical leads as well as access to data, power, and control ports. The touch screen can be covered for additional protection during movement, or uncovered for operations. All hard buttons are visible and accessible through a clear plastic covering.

The pouch includes a liftable flap that exposes the patient monitor’s screen, allowing medical personnel to read sensor data and vital signs obtained from patient sensors.

“Recent military doctrine emphasizes a shift away from elaborate and expensive ground-based operations and focusing on sea-based solutions. The Expeditionary Force-21 (EF-21) concept envisions the future force to deploy faster, lighter, and further forward, with a heavy reliance on littoral operations and technology to support the precision fighting of an agile and diverse force. The EF-21 tenets significantly influence medical requirements and capabilities necessary to support the future fight, requiring a smaller medical footprint, landing lighter equipment loads and highly reliant on medical resupply,” according to the Navy’s patent.

Consequently, casualties must receive treatment closer to the point of injury for longer periods of time. When evacuation is available, the flight times may be longer, potentially requiring medical intervention in flight. This shift negatively affects the likelihood of a casualty reaching definitive care within the golden hour.

The U.S. Army has tested the TEMPUS-Pro within tactical vehicles for monitoring and transmitting real-time patient telemetry data over tactical radios. (Army photo)

To combat the effects of the increase in medical evacuation times, advanced medical equipment is being pushed further towards the point of injury, specifically ruggedized patient monitors.

This patient monitoring device pouch is certified for flight operations. The design incorporates MOLLE webbing, allowing additional pouches to be attached.

The Navy’s patent, which was issued on September 3, 2019, states that this pouch makes RDT’s Tempus-Pro patient monitoring device ready for field operations.

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