The Prolonged Field Care initiative strives to create and test effective, transportable, and easy-to-use 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 is likely performed by non-physician medical personnel.
In collaboration with experts from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, CNRM is working to develop two (2) devices that can provide field-based diagnosis and care of traumatic epidural or subdural hemorrhage in austere environments. The first device is designed to detect the hemorrhage while the second is intended to provide safe and sterile intracranial access. When used together, these devices can provide treatment and management of an injury that is frequently life-threatening when it occurs in the field.