Lt. Col. Robert Carter, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research tactical combat casualty care task area manager explains the capabilities of the Compensatory Reserve Index to Mary J. Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research and Technology) at the Pentagon Lab Day May 14. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
01 JUNE 2015
Showcasing the Army's most advanced medical research, development and technology, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research participated in the first Department of Defense “Lab Day” at the Pentagon May 14.
The event featured more than 100 displays from research and development labs throughout the DoD. Lt. Col. Robert Carter, the USAISR tactical combat casualty care task area manager, was among the more than 40 experts from the Army, Navy, and Air Force demonstrating various products and programs for hundreds of visitors, including numerous congressional and DoD leadership, as well as students and Pentagon employees.
The joint medical exhibit included products and research demonstrating how DoD medical labs support military members throughout pre-deployment, deployment, rapid responses to global issues and rehabilitation. Exhibit highlights included infectious disease research, trauma care and battlefield medicine breakthroughs, aeromedical research, DoD Ebola response efforts, regenerative medicine and prosthetics advancements, brain injury research and chemical/biological education.
“The research that is being conducted at the USAMRMC is not only critical to the health and well-being of the nation's Warfighters, but also impacts the lives of civilians,” said Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, commanding general of the USAMRMC and Fort Detrick and deputy for Medical Systems to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisitions, Logistics, and Technology.
“Clinicians in the civilian setting are taking the science and technology coming from DoD labs in areas, such as rehabilitative medicine, trauma care and infectious disease research, and are using it to save lives on a daily basis.”
Among the items on display from the USAISR within the USAMRMC area was the Compensatory Reserve Index. The CRI uses an algorithm that is designed to take information from a patient using a non-invasive finger pulse oximeter and gauges whether immediate medical attention is needed even though the patient may seem alert and responsive.
According to Carter, the CRI will revolutionize triage on the battlefield and could lower casualties.
“One of the challenges now with triage is that with multiple casualties on the battlefield the medic may have difficulty determining which patient needs to be treated first,” said Carter. “The CRI indicates poor vital signs so that the medic can provide blood or resuscitative fluids to the patient before it’s too late.”
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall hosted the event. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work provided opening remarks and emphasized the importance of highlighting the military's achievements in science and research.
“Technological superiority is not an American birthright,” said Work. “We must continue to innovate to protect our country.”