US soldiers may soon have health monitors IMPLANTED so remote doctors can track their blood pressure, sleep, insulin, diet – and even perform robotic surgeries remotely in emergencies

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
By Paul Martin

The Army Surgeon General is pushing for greater integration of technology into the military’s medical practices
Chips implanted in soldiers may soon send constant data to remote hospitals
This could shorten the time between battlefield injury and treatment
Data from trackers could also prevent injury by detecting when troops are not ready and fit for battle
With instant diagnostics and virtual surgical tools, doctors may even operate on isolated soldiers remotely

22 May 2018

The Army wants to implant soldiers with advanced health monitoring devices to notify distant doctors of medical emergencies and whether or not troops are combat-ready.

Health trackers like the Fitbit and Apple Watch have become commonplace in the civilian world.

Now the Army Surgeon General Lt Gen Nadja West wants the military wants to implement more advanced versions with higher stakes purposes.

The military hopes to use data from a device, such as a chip implanted into soldier’s wrist, to instantly diagnose and even treat battlefield wounds and health problems.

In coordination with Brooke Army Medical Center, the military branch has introduced a virtual medical center that could some day allow doctors to remotely treat soldiers injured in distant parts of the world.

The survival rate for modern warfare is now 94 percent, but still, more than 52,000 American service men and women have been injured since the War On Terrorism began in 2001.

Another almost 7,000 have been killed in combat.

About 90 percent of these deaths occur before a soldier can be transported to a field hospital.

One quarter of deaths occur due to bleeding that a soldier or medic does not manage to stop in time.

Lt Gen West said that these battlefield deaths ‘were preventable if better hemorrhage control technology had existed.’

The military refers to the vital 60 minutes following an injury as the ‘golden hour.’

Survival rates are drastically higher among soldiers who can be evacuated within this brief window of time, primarily because more time untreated means more blood lost.

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