Due to the medical concept of ultra-fast evacuation after life-supporting measures from the danger zone to qualified surgical therapy, the new rescue device acts like a drug with which precious time can be saved to give the injured person and the surgeon a fair chance to perform life-saving operations.
Delay to the operating room of more than 10 minutes increases the risk of mortality by up to threefold [1]. The data suggests that a scoop and run strategy is beneficial for injury trauma patients [2]. Likelihood of death is significantly higher when EMS initial measures slow down the transport speed [3]. In addition to scoop and run, our concept includes minimal life-supporting measures before flight according to TCCC [4].
Our rescue drone Cricket © is an uncrewed flight system which transports the patient to the next medical treatment facility. The PECC i.e., the patient evacuation coordination cell, is the control room for the operators and integrated into the back of a truck. A trailer for operations and logistics serves as service, recharge, and flight platform, in other words – a mobile docking station. The digital backbone is based on military grade communications technology and standardized battle management systems.
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Due to the many years of previous experience and preparatory work at the Chair of Flight System Dynamics at the Technical University of Munich, as well as the experience of the team, we are now able to build an impressive demonstrator system relatively quickly.
Some rescue operations imply a huge risk for the mission participants. Uncrewed vehicles are thus an adequate mitigation. When traditional means of rescue create a delay that increases mortality, the choice of an alternative can be justified. Once the capacities of the evacuation chain are saturated, RASEVAC systems can avoid triage. Some rescue operations (e.g., in CBRN scenarios) cannot be executed with crewed evacuation vehicles.
As a member of the management board, I held a crucial role in the development and manufacturing of state-of-the-art equipment for the medical service of the German Armed Forces. This included the creation of advanced technologies such as UVTgl, GVTC, and other innovative solutions. Throughout my experience, I fostered the idea of complementary autonomous rescue systems, which has now reached a stage of maturity. It is the perfect time to introduce intelligent supplementary products in line with the globally acclaimed RASEVAC philosophy, aiming to bridge essential capability gaps.