TheÂ Food and Drug Administration has approved a hemorrhagic shock detection device that U.S. Army researchers developedÂ alongsideÂ scientists and engineers from the University of Colorado and Flashback Technologies.
The Army Institute of Surgical Research said WednesdayÂ itÂ helped create aÂ compensatory reserve index that worksÂ to detect whether aÂ patient is on the verge ofÂ going into hemorrhagic shock.
CRI uses an algorithm designed to measure the compensatory reserve which represents the body’s capacity to compensate for blood loss.
“[The clearance] paves the way for fielding a compensatory reserve measurement device to give combat medics on the battlefield a tool to predict hemorrhagic shock, as well as emergency medical technicians in civilian medical settings,” said Victor Convertino, a USAISR senior scientist.
Convertino added CRI will help medics attend to wounded warriors in battlefiled conditions where there are “lots of noise, lots of adrenaline and not much equipment.”
USAISR noted traditional methods to take vital signs cannot detectÂ when a patient is in danger of crashing or going into hemorrhagic shock which could lead to death due to blood loss.