Autonomous Trauma Care Extends ‘Golden Hour’ for Saving Lives

A team of Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have developed and successfully tested an autonomous trauma care system that could save the lives of traumatically wounded members of the military, victims of traffic accidents or individuals injured in remote locations.

The breakthrough in trauma care, announced today in Intensive Care Medicine Experimental and funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, nearly quadrupled the “golden hour” during which surgeons could address internal traumatic bleeding while in emergency ground and air transport…

“Under normal conditions, if we can get somebody with severe trauma to the hospital within an hour, there’s a good chance that we can save them,” said the project’s scientific lead Michael R. Pinsky, M.D., professor of critical care medicine, bioengineering and clinical and translational medicine at Pitt.

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