Bunker Labs Startup Sempulse, Uses IoT To Bring Next Generation Technology To Triage
In a war zone, during a mass casualty event, military medics must rely on sight, sound and instinct to quickly triage as many patients as possible. Sempulse co-founder and CEO, Kurt Stump, explained that the medics are going to take a few minutes with each patient getting their vital signs and making life or death decisions about treatment in the field. While that’s going on, helicopters or ambulances will be dispatched but it will still take more time to arrive on the scene. Once those rescue vehicles make it to the scene they are going to be limited by the amount of patients they can carry per load
This is the way it’s been going back to Korea and even World War I.
New technology should make this kind of triage faster and more efficient. That’s exactly what Bunker Labs startup Sempulse is doing.
Sempulse has developed three pieces of software designed to give field medics, and eventually emt’s a look at what’s going on with each patient. The software will receive signals from a sensor device that’s no longer than the new iPhone headphone adapter, that get’s placed on the patient’s ear. The sensor and software system is called Sempulse FieldVitals. The sensors can easily be kept in a soldiers individual blow out kit, a kit soldiers are issued with bandaids, and other first aid supplies.
When a mass casualty event occurs, un-injured soldiers, or soldiers that still have mobility will be able to move around, grab the sensors out of the blowout kits and quickly put the technology in action. As soon as the field medic arrives on the scene, using a tablet, they will see a dashboard with each injured person’s vital signs and other important information. This will allow them to triage, and figure out the priority each soldier needs to be taken to the hospital for further treatment.
The company is testing with the military where they’re currently working with a Seal team in San Diego. After they receive the military’s approval for the FieldVitals system, it will be much easier to receive FDA approval and get the system to EMT’s and other first responders.
In a case like the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas last week FieldVitals could have been distributed either on site or at any of the hospitals that received patients so that vital signs and other important information could have been easily monitored. Outside of mass casualty events, Stump brought up the fact that 80% of car accidents involve more than one victim. Most car accidents also have a single ambulance dispatched at the on-set of the accident. FieldVitals could be used to monitor each patient as they wait for the next ambulance and also to determine which patient should be taken to the hospital first.
This is very valuable technology for both civilians and the military. Check out our video above with Stump, from Austin Startup Weekend. You can find out more about Sempulse here at sempulse.com