Human Factors Evaluation of the Hidalgo Equivital EQ-02 Physiological Status Monitoring System
Technical rept. 2012-2013
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA BIOPHYSICS AND BIOMEDICAL MODELING DIV
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Soldiers are particularly vulnerable to thermal strain when they are required to react to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive CBRNE threats. One solution to addressing this thermal strain is real-time physiological monitoring to improve situational and health state awareness. One proposed product is the Hidalgo, Ltd. Cambridge, UK Equivital EQ-02 physiological status monitoring PSM system. The usability and acceptability of this system has been tested previously and generally been found to be acceptable by Soldiers for military use. However, no study has examined its use in a CBRNE environment with CBRNE-PPE. This study addressed that need. A total of 28 Soldiers 26 men and 2 women from the 22nd Chemical Battalion Technical Escort TE, the 95th Civil Support Team Weapons of Mass Destruction CST-WMD and the 1st CST-WMD volunteered to participate. It was concluded that the Equivital EQ-02 system when worn under CBRNE- PPE provided utility and was comfortable to wear.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems