Research team to develop device to help trauma care

The Dartmouth

October 25, 2018

"For doctors treating trauma victims, diagnosing shock and internal bleeding early is essential," reports The Dartmouth. "A team of researchers at Dartmouth are developing a novel device to help clinicians make quick decisions on the ground to determine the condition of their patients.

"Recently awarded the $3 million Precision Trauma Care Research Award from the Department of Defense’s Combat Casualty Care Research Program, the researchers will investigate methods to diagnose internal injury and shock using a combination of advanced sensors and machine learning.

"'Our project is predicated on the idea that neither of these alone are actually succeeding, and that what we really need to do is combine state-of-the-art sensing with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence,' said medicine professor Norman Paradis, director of research in the section of emergency medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a lead researcher on the project.

"To bring these aspects together, the project team includes both doctors and researchers at DHMC, the Geisel School of Medicine and the Thayer School of Engineering...

..."Engineering professor Jonathan Elliott is working on developing a new optical sensor to assist the device in detecting internal injury...

..."Thayer professor of engineering and Geisel professor of surgery Ryan Halter is investigating electrical impedance sensors that could detect the precursors of shock...

..."Engineering professor Vikrant Vaze is currently creating algorithms to process and draw conclusions from the data.

"Halter, Paradis and Vaze will collaborate to produce the project’s first prototypes, using clinical research from Paradis and his team at DHMC along with data from several other institutions."

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