THE TACTICAL MEDICAL PICTURE AT A GLANCE
The Combat Medical Awareness (MA) UI Display indicates, at a glance, how many soldiers are injured, the severity of their injuries and the soldier’s location. The medic will have his display on MA but can switch to the Situational Awareness (SA) display by tapping once on the Nett Warrior System screen SA icon. All other soldiers will have their displays on SA but can switch to MA in order to save the most severely injured, should the tactical picture permit.
5VS DATA FLOW
In combat, 5VS data from each soldier will flow to a secure cloud and from there be disseminated in three directions
To any soldier within 100-yard radius of his comrades
To Mission Control.
To the surgeons at the Forward Surgical Unit in closest proximity
The vital sign data will be updated every 1 to 5 seconds.
In non-combat situations the data can flow to one or more designated locations for oversight and management.
Combat Medical Awareness Display
Circular colored icons (solid or hollow) will indicate, at a glance, how many soldiers are injured, the severity of their injuries, and the soldier’s location. Additionally, the icons will indicate if help has arrived.
Of utmost importance is the simplicity of our MA display.
Note: The medic will have a small Red Cross contiguous to their icon. The Green, Yellow, Red or Black color will reflect their health/operational status.
Critically Injured Soldiers
One or more unstable vital signs will identify who has been critically injured. A bearing, distance and elevation will automatically appear. Elevation is important given the location. The soldier may be on the side of a steep cliff or on the second story of a building. When the medic, or any soldier with their ‘Nett Warrior’ on MA, comes within 5 feet of the wounded soldier, the vital signs will automatically come into view on their display. When a critical patient is being stabilized, green will overlap red and the red icon will turn purple. The red/purple icon will turn to yellow should soldier’s condition improve and the vital signs stabilize.
Treating The Critically Injured
The ‘Golden Minute’ Rule applies. These soldiers have acutely lost greater than thirty percent of their circulating blood volume (Class III or IV Hemorrhage).
The medic or any soldier in proximity must first either stop or control the bleeding. The medic can then insert an interosseous FAST1 and bolus either Hextend and/or crystalloid solution.
These life-saving actions should take no longer than 60 seconds.
The soldier will tap the ‘W’ icon on their MA or SA display to indicate that they have been wounded. A second screen will then appear with the configuration of the human anatomy, front and back. This will allow either the soldier, or the medic, to tap on where they are injured – head/neck, chest, abdomen, back, L/R arm or leg.
The medic, or any healthy soldier with their ‘Nett Warrior’ on MA, can tap on the yellow icon once to provide the bearing, distance and elevation to the injured soldier (This will not be automatic as with the critically injured soldier). By tapping on the yellow icon a second time, the vital signs will be displayed. Within 5 feet of the wounded soldier the solid yellow icon will become a yellow ring, which indicates that the soldier is either being evaluated or assisted. The yellow icon will turn red should that soldier’s condition deteriorate.
Proposed Critical Values
Greater than 160 bpm or less than 40 bpm
Greater than 30 rpm or less than 10 rpm.
Greater than 103°F.
Single lead EKG
Change in QRS waveform
height or morphology