Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Awarded Grant from Department of Defense’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program

NEC members Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth College were recently awarded a $3 million Precision Trauma Care Research Grant from the Department of Defense’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program. The money will be distributed over three years, during which doctors and researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and colleagues at Dartmouth College will work on a noninvasive system for the detection of ongoing internal hemorrhaging in soldiers that were initially classified as injured but stable.

On the development team, trauma specialists, engineers, computer programmers, and other experts will work to invent a monitoring system that gathers data signals from the patient using sensors and computational technologies. Norman A. Paradis, MD, an emergency physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the project’s principal investigator, said that the grant was inspired by an email from Baghdad written in June 2007. In the letter, battlefield military physicians expressed interest in finding ways to address the type of casualties that occur in those who look like they aren’t too badly injured, but still deteriorate.

Speaking of the detection system, Paradis noted, “The combination of machine learning and state-of-the-art sensing technology will allow us to better understand the early responses to hemorrhage. We anticipate not only creating an innovative medical technology, but also producing important new science.”

The NEC congratulates Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth College on receiving this important funding and applauds their commitment to supporting our armed forces.

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