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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Scientists with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) are playing an important part in the testing and evaluation of a novel aeromedical evacuation stretcher designed to safely transport traumatic brain and spinal injury patients in air and ground vehicles.
Ohio-based Cornerstone Research Group (CRG) developed the stretcher, which has applications across multiple services within the Department of Defense.
“Having adequate spinal immobilization is very critical when transporting patients with these types of injuries. Our wounded warfighters experience a much rougher ride back to definitive care than we experience stateside,” explained Dr. David Burch, a biomedical engineer from the 711th Human Performance Wing, School of Aerospace Medicine, Aeromedical Research Department. “Military medical transport relies on vehicles of opportunity, which were never designed to provide a smooth ride. There is a lot of vibration and perturbation from turbulence or terrain gets transmitted to the patient, making adequate fixation necessary to prevent further neurologic damage.”
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