Soldiers wounded in battle situations are often treated by a number of different doctors – medics on site, in helicopters, and in field hospitals – often working in difficult circumstances themselves. Often their only communication with each other is hastily scribbled notes, at best.
Because of these less-than-ideal circumstances, 25 percent of soldiers’ deaths globally could be prevented with better, more precise treatment procedures, according to Major Nimrod Focsenianu, a commander in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and head of the advanced officer training course in the army’s C4I Signal Corps.
But a team of Major Focsenianu’s IDF cadets developed a digital medical bracelet that could change all that.
So now a team of cadets in an IDF advanced officer training course has come up with a prototype of digital medical bracelets that aims to solve this problem. The digital bracelet, which was built from scratch by the officers, but could be adapted to any of the digital bracelets available on the market, works with near-field communication technology, which enables two electronic devices to communicate.
Emergency medical professionals in the army would carry sensors and the digital bracelets — and they would wrap them on the wounded soldiers they treat, updating information to the bracelet via their smartphones and the device’s sensors. The next professional to treat the patient would have access to all the information about what medical procedures had been done via the bracelet, as well as other essential information that can be made available digitally, like a picture of the injury or the scene where the accident occurred. This would help doctors attain a clear and quick assessment of the situation.
The prototype was developed in just 10 days, by a team of cyber, engineering and software cadets, as their final project for a new, three-month long, hands-on training course the C4I has started giving its officers in training.