Efforts conducted under the Prolonged Field Care initiative strive to create effective, transportable, and accessible interventions that aid Warfighter brain health in austere environments. These environments are characterized by limited access to resources and prolonged periods (e.g., up to 72 hours) before injured persons are medically evacuated. In these environments, acute neurocritical care may be performed by non-physician medical personnel.
CNRM, in collaboration with experts from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, is developing an intracranial visualization and access device that could provide field-based care of traumatic epidural or subdural hemorrhage in austere environments. This device is designed to detect and localize intracranial hemorrhages and provide intracranial access for diagnosis and management of life-threatening injuries.