Recommendations for the U.S. Coast Guard Survival Prediction Tool
COAST GUARD NEW LONDON CT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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The U. S. Coast Guard USCG Research and Development Center RDC has developed new tools to estimate the survival of immersed and stranded i.e., in survival craft victims by search and rescue SAR planners. The tools include a thermal and dehydration model developed by the U. S. Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine USARIEM, an empirical model developed by the University of Portsmouth UP, UK, and a maximum search time guideline. A panel of survival physiology subject matter experts SMEs was convened to provide critical reviews and discuss limits for use and set points for the models. The RDC and its contractor Science Applications International Corporation SAIC also developed operational requirements for a software system containing these tools. The requirements are based on USCG SAR Program policies and feedback obtained from several Rescue Coordination Centers. The requirements and functionality were also presented to SAR planners for refinement and review. This report documents the requirements and describes a proposed system that meets the requirements. It includes a strawman graphical user interface GUI presented to facilitate subsequent software design. The GUI depicts inputs, outputs, and victim status summaries that should be included, consistent with the requirements, along with other supporting information.
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