We had a great day with the Swedish Armed Forces at K3 Karlsborg in August. Working with Försvarsmedicincentrum and invited stakeholders we showcased together with North Sea Drones of Sweden a complete line of Medic Logistic Solutions.
Flying medical supplies to needing soldiers in the field, minutes are counting, speed and accuracy is the key to support the mission!
We have probably all seen how ′′drones′′ are used to move out with AED, to search for missing persons, to deliver postal packages, or support the police in their work. They are in many different industries and in several countries there are now commercial and operating services.
Unmanned (autonomous) crafts are no longer ′′ science fiction ′′ but everyday life and will be even more, even in military applications.
FömedC has actively worked with the Swedish Defence For Defence Medicine (FSS) during the year on how autonomous crafts can support various medical devices in their mission to save lives. Here are many opportunities and the question of these UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) in health care is great, both military and civilian.
FSS, together with the Army Staff and FOI, participated in a test to allow the Swedish Defence Forces to future UAV 06, to support a healthcare group. With a small vessel of the type UAV 06 is estimated to be, a healthcare group can create a good situation picture and get an idea of what the injury site looks like and where the injured are. In many cases, a first medical assessment (triagation) can be done based on camera information. This allows the group to save time and get to the place and take care of the right soldier directly.
During a test, the Education Department constituted a healthcare group and large parts of the Development Department acted injury markers to create as good and realistic conditions as possible.
– Our work takes place in close dialogue with other units and we closely follow the civilian development of autonomous crafts in logistics and medicine. We want to learn and quickly be able to introduce effective and functioning solutions in the Swedish Armed Forces. We do not have time and advice to invent the wheel ourselves, but the challenge lies in catching up and taking advantage of the technology development that is happening within society as a whole, says Major Henrik Börjesson, a development officer at the FSS Development Department.
He also says that in the future, they also see opportunities to be able to share more advanced information from the injured and thus make an even better triagation and medical first assessment.
FSS continues to work to investigate how these techniques can contribute to the survival of our units and increase the medical capacity in fields and at sea. One such step is to explore the possibility of creating autonomous supplies of critical medicines and blood products. In this way, a injury site or treatment unit can get these started as they are needed and a power collection of them can take place where it is best needed.