Telemedicine to Improve Human Performance During Prolonged Field Care
Technical Report,01 Aug 2017,31 Jul 2018
The Geneva Foundation Tacoma United States
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U.S. military units are increasingly organized into smaller elements and operating in remote areas leading to longer evacuation times. This necessitates increased medical care by inexperienced clinical providers beyond doctrinal timelines, a concept coined prolonged field care PFC. Early entry medical operations planning anticipate similar challenges during future engagements. Our research project proposes to use an off-the-shelf device that is capable of two-way audiovideo streaming that can be used for expert medical consultation. We will develop PFC scenarios that are realistic along with a training program for novice physicians and medics to test. We will then evaluate the clinicians on what decisions were made, the timing of those decisions, their mental workload, confidence in their performance, and evaluation of the impact of their daily clinical practice on PFC performance. In this research study, we will determine if virtual critical care consultationVC3 is beneficial in a PFC. Our research aligns with focus area 3 in which we will provide scientific knowledge on optimizing management of critically ill patients during PFC, the impact of virtual critical care consultation and how to provide it during PFC, and how to optimize tele-medical support technology.
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