Persistent Access to Tactical Casualty Health (PATCH)

R. Myers
Vivonics, Inc., United States

Keywords: Care documentation, patient tracking, care coordination, patient following, mass casualty, prolonged field care, PATCH

Less than 10% of the 30,000 casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan had any form of documentation of care in their medical records, leading directly to a staggering 67% of sentinel events being attributed to an error in communication. We have developed a long lasting, biocompatible, cyber-secure, patient medical information holding adhesive patch that can be initially affixed by the Combat Medic moving with the patient through Roles 1, 2, and 3. The unique two way communication ability allows medics to download previously compiled TCCC data, amend it with new care, and upload the new information back onto PATCH for the subsequent Role. This device is easily scalable to include NFC initiated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE ) pairing for large payloads (e.g. images, physiological waveforms, etc.). The authors believe that the post-injury tracking approach taken by the PATCH process (via a persistent sensor that the soldier would carry pre-Role 1) provides an effective yet intuitive solution to track accurate combat casualty medical information from point of injury through Role 3 care; a measure that could improve medical care communication and thereby reduce the unfortunate sentinel event rate and save military lives.