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24 Nov 16. US researchers develop new ‘microbubble’ technology for injured patients on battlefield. Researchers at the University of Nebraska and the University of Colorado Boulder are developing a new microbubble technology that could save lives on the battlefield.
The US Air Force (USAF) Surgeon General Office has awarded a $1.3m contract to the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska for the project.
The project is aimed at developing a new medical treatment that will provide oxygen to patients whose lungs cannot function efficiently due to trauma.
The NSRI scientists are expecting to provide rapid oxygen delivery to injured patients, by using microbubble oxygenation technology.
The new technology is believed to provide adequate levels of blood oxygen during emergency transport from remote environments far from hospitals.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor Benjamin Terry will design and develop a medical device to deliver oxygen microbubbles to patients.
Terry added: “Our system transforms the abdomen into a third lung, so to speak.
“Through a method of pumping and delivering oxygen microbubbles into the abdomen while removing dangerous carbon dioxide, the process delivers life-sustaining oxygen to the body’s core, which is then circulated to the brain and other vital organs.”
Microbubbles are tiny bubbles that mimic the alveoli in the human lung by releasing oxygen to the body and simultaneously removing carbon-dioxide, according to the researchers.
University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering associate professor Mark Borden said: “Once the oxygen has been delivered, the spent microbubbles can be safely removed from the peritoneal cavity within the abdomen.
“So we do not anticipate any long-term toxicity.”
The project also includes scaling up of manufacturing processes in order to rapidly generate oxygen microbubbles in large quantities for long-term storage and ready transport to the site of need. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
24 Nov 16. UK MoD to use VBS3 software to train soldiers in virtual environment. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Bohemia Interactive Simulations’ (BISim) Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3) software as its defence virtual simulation (DVS) solution.
The DVS solution is used as a common virtual simulation tool to provide interoperable, accessible and deployable virtual simulation capabilities across the MoD.
VBS3 is a desktop training package and simulation host based on commercial video game technology.
The simulation will allow military personnel to train for missions and practise standard operating procedures in a virtual environment.
Using VBS3, both individual and collective tasks can be conducted in a wide range of domains, such as mounted and dismounted land, naval vessels and aircraft.
UK MoD soldier training and special programmes team deputy head John Brookes said: “VBS3 software is exceptionally capable and fulfils a large and diverse range of our simulation requirements for individual and collective training, experimentation and force development.
“The software’s new role as the Defence Virtual Simulation solution means it will help the MoD realise the Defence Training & Education Coherence vision, allowing us to deliver more and better simulation to our users across the UK’s armed forces.”
The VBS3 software includes VBS Radio, which facilitates voice communications between remote users participating in training exercises, and is DIS-enabled for networked exercises.
It is currently in service with more than 30 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, Canada and the US. (Source: army-technology.com)
24 Nov 16. Iranian Shafaq jet trainer nears prototype testing. Iran’s long-running programmes to develop a military jet trainer/light att