By Sgt. Barry St. Clair
24th Press Camp Headquarters
WHITE SAND MISSILE RANGE White, N.M. – The capstone of Network Integration Evaluation’s six-week event assessed medical first responders while evaluating the Tempus Pro medical monitoring and communication equipment.
Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas exhibited their knowledge at a military operation urban training village outside Oro Grande base camp N.M., June 4, 2012.
“We learned a lot about the Tempus Pro by putting our system out with soldiers in the field and integrating it with other systems on a network,” said Gary Gilbert, a government systems researcher with U. S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, Fort Detrick, Md.
The purpose of the Tempus Pro accomplishes three things to enhance communication between first responders and physicians at medical aid stations; 1) physiological monitoring of patients vital status displayed in statistical numbers and wavelength graphs 2) Documents patient care to a technical combat care card in an e-file 3) provides tele-mentoring over existing radio communications between the medic in the field and doctors and physician assistants at the aid station.
Other capabilities of Tempus Pro systems include video and photo capabilities, aid station monitoring in real time of patient status and treatment, and voice over Internet provider communication between the medic and physician.
“The challenge at Network Integration Exercise’s Capstone event was to integrate Tempus Pro system with other systems on a network in the field,” said Gilbert.
The medical personnel and Tempus Pro equipment were both challenged during a mass casualty event during a routine patrol led by 1st Lt. Nathan E. Boardman, platoon leader, Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, of Omaha, Neb., to the MOUT village where a battle with insurgents ensued resulting in casualties.