Ultra-Compact, Lightweight Battlefield Splint
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TEXAS RESEARCH INSTITUTE AUSTIN, INC.
9063 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX, 78733
AbstractThe feasibility of developing a novel ultra-lightweight composite material for cast/splint applications was shown in Phase I of this proposed Phase II research. These systems are designed for use in battlefield scenarios by combat medics on injuredsoldiers. Texas Research Institute-Austin's extremely low-density composite has a very high strength-to-weight ratio and possesses mechanical properties that far surpass those of currently used casting/splint systems. These composites will result in aweight and volume-savings of approximately 40% in comparison to splints now in use. This new technology will be in a sealed pack and easy to use by the attending medic with no mess or disposable pieces. The composite is fast-curing in order to minimizedelays in the mission. The construction of the cast/splint will be such that comfort for the wounded is maximized while the material is orthopedically supportive enough to allow the injured to proceed unaided by fellow soldiers. TRI/Austin's team for thePhase I effort will include experts in medical device development (including FDA approval) and commercialization, specialists in composite materials for structural applications, a biomechanical engineer, and an orthopedic surgeon to provide consultation ondevelopment. The marketplace for this innovative technology includes hospitals, EMS personnel, orthopedic physicians, and others who deal in emergency medical care.The lightweight composite casting/splinting system will find value with Army medicalpersonnel by reducing the weight and volume of the currently used system while exhibiting a strength and flexibility of use that meets or exceeds the existing standard. Such a system will also find utility in the private sector, as a no-mess, lightweightcast/splint device will be easy to use by medical personnel and allow patients better mobility with greater comfort.
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