Monitoring Devices for Astronauts Could Be Used in Surgical, Trauma, Battlefield Care

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New medical monitoring devices developed for astronauts eventually could be used in surgical and trauma care, as well as to treat patients in combat situations.

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute and the University of Massachusetts Medical School are working to create bio-sensors that measure astronauts' metabolism. The sensors use computer algorithms to interpret the signal and provide the user with a reading in real time.

Matthias Walz -- a project team member and assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center -- said the tools could play an important role in surgical and trauma care.

Similar smart technology is being used in the battlefield.

The iHealthBeat Special Report by Deirdre Kennedy includes comments from:

  • Bret Nicks, an emergency department supervisor at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina;
  • Babs Soller, University of Massachusetts project director;
  • Jeffrey Sutton, National Space Biomedical Research Institute director; and
  • Walz (Kennedy, iHealthBeat, 5/18).

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