Building upon RoNA technology with support from SBIR funding, Hstar is creating a robotic casualty extraction system. , cRoNA and traumatic neck/ spine injury assessment under telepresence control by a remote medic. The cRoNA is a hardened version of RoNA capable of lifting casualties weighing up to 300 pounds, and designed to work effectively in battlefield conditions.
Combat trauma injury reports in Afghanistan and Iraq, indicate that up to 70% of all casualties are musculoskeletal wounds. These types of injuries, and particularly those involving potential head, neck, and spine damage, present significant risk of additional injury during casualty extraction from the battlefield. Extraction also poses significant risk to potential rescuers, resulting in additional traumatic injury or even loss of life.
The available military market for cRoNA will be driven by U.S. combat services (Army, Marines). Additional opportunities exist for non-combat deployment, to effect rescues under hazardous circumstances such as chemical, biological, and radioactive contamination, as well as fire.
Future cRoNA upgrades include autonomous ultrasound image acquisition, 3D ultrasound imaging and visualization, infrared (IR) scanning, autonomous injury assessment procedures, and telepresence robotic control. A medic will be able to operate the system remotely, with cRoNA providing traumatic injury assessment, desirable treatments, and effective battlefield casualty extraction.
The cRoNA system is designed to meet the compelling military need for rapid and safe stabilization and extraction of wounded warfighters from the battlefield. Technologies developed for this system have direct commercial application, and will be employed as the enhanced core of Hstar's flagship Robotic Nursing Assistant (RoNA) product line, and create additional opportunities for first responder and Homeland Security use.
(US Patent Pending – “Robotic First Responder System and Method”)