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December 6th, 2008

Hospital on a chip could increase survival of battlefield wounded

Abstract:
Researchers in the US aim to develop an implantable biochip that could diagnose and provide medication to soldiers as soon as they are injured. Survival of battlefield wounds often depends on the level of treatment within the first 30 minutes, so providing instant treatment to wounded soldiers before a medic can reach them could increase chances of survival.

Evgeny Katz of Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, and Joseph Wang of the University of California, San Diego, will share a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the US Office of Naval Research to create the high-tech miniaturised field hospital.

The automated sense-and-treat system will continuously monitor a soldier's sweat, tears or blood for biomarkers that signal common battlefield injuries such as trauma, shock, brain injury or fatigue and then automatically administer the proper medication.

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