TRAUMA CARE ON THE BATTELFIELD
Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) is NATO's methodical approach to treating patients pre-hospitally. Combat related injuries mainly result in bleeding (95%), and the patient must have surgical intervention to survive. The introduction of TCCC has been a success at operations in subtropical regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the TCCC methodology is not yet fully adapted to arctic or cold weather conditions.
THE HAZARD OF HYPOTHERMIA
The colder the patients are during surgery (hypothermia), the higher the mortality. At a body temperature of 32 °C, the coagulation mechanisms are reduced by 90%, and this makes surgery virtually impossible. Hence, the most important factor in saving lives under cold weather conditions, is to prevent hypothermia from the site of injury to surgical installation.
Warmflake Consortium will develop a set of products that, when put into a system, will enable the armed forces' first responders and medical personnel to prevent pre-hospital hypothermia.
The technology consists of own patents and licensed technology within patient heating, bleeding control, blood and drug heating, isolation management and treatment facilities.