‘Augmented reality’ tools to help health care workers save lives in war zones, natural disasters, rural areas
Purdue University researchers have developed a unique approach that allows experienced surgeons and physicians around the world to help less-experienced doctors in war zones, natural disasters and in rural areas perform complicated procedures. “The most critical challenge is to provide surgical expertise into the battlefield when it is most required,” said Juan Wachs, Purdue’s James A. and Sharon M. Tompkins Rising Star Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, who led the project team. “Even without having highly experienced medical leaders physically co-located in the field, with this technology we can help minimize the number of casualties while maximizing treatment at the point of injury.”
The team presented the work at the 2018 Military Health System Research Symposium, held Aug. 20-23 in Kissimmee, Florida. The Purdue technique involves using augmented reality tools to connect health care professionals in remote areas with more experienced surgeons and physicians around the world. The AR headset worn by the mentee in the field is designed to replace current…
12 things everyone should have at home in case of a natural disaster
Last year, the United States saw more than $300 billion in damage as result of natural disasters, from wildfires in California to hurricanes in Texas. It was a record-breaking year for emergencies.
But according to a survey conducted by Farmers Insurance, 60% of Americans still do not have an emergency plan for natural disasters….