Researchers and doctors develop battlefield evacuation system for wounded soldiers

Credit: Piotr Łubkowski/Military University of Technology
Credit: Piotr Łubkowski/Military University of Technology

Sensors placed on the soldier's body and a real-time data transfer to medical facilities will allow to efficiently and reasonably provide medical aid to the wounded during exercises and military operations, possibly also to injured policemen and fire fighters.

A system of supporting a medical evacuation decision based on monitoring soldier's life parameters and extended situational awareness (SWDew-MED) is being developed by a scientific and industrial consortium of the Military University of Technology, Military Institute of Medicine and engineers from TELDAT. Technology demonstrator should be ready in two years.


The ICT system will combine monitoring soldier's life parameters with a medical security system and a tactical level combat management system. The data obtained from sensors will be displayed on maps. Each monitored soldier will be assigned an electronic medical card. It will communicate the soldiers' health to medics with colours: green, yellow, red and black.

According to NATO standards, the green colour is assigned to soldiers whose life is not at risk. Yellow (urgent assistance) is assigned to the wounded who require medical intervention, it can be delayed by about a day without threat to their lives. Red colour is used for soldiers who must receive medical aid urgently and in the first place. The black colour is reserved for severely wounded soldiers whose life can not be saved regardless of medical assistance provided.

The parameters required to evaluate the soldier's health, injuries and chances for effective assistance, are determined by medics. The system is designed to help medical rescuers make decisions. It will collect data from sensors placed, for example, in a helmet and uniform, and transfer them to subsystems that monitor the health of a soldier. In a health and life-threatening situation, the system will alert medical personnel and indicate the preliminary order of evacuation.


'The key idea of the system is that the collected medical information should be transferred to decision-making persons, both medical and command, as soon as possible, in real time', emphasizes Dr. Piotr Łubkowski, project leader from the Military University of Technology. Experts from the Faculty of Electronics are responsible for the development of sensors, communication components and the inference module, scientists from the Military Institute of Medicine develop the necessary medical protocols, and engineers from TELDAT are responsible for integration with the already implemented combat management system HMS C3IS Jaśmin.

R&D work is carried out within the framework of the National Centre for Research and Development programme 'Development of modern, breakthrough state security and defence technologies' codename 'Szafir'.

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