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Charles River Analytics
Cambridge, MA
617-491-3474
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The Department of Defense recently awarded Charles River Analytics, a developer of intelligent systems and robotic platforms, a follow-on contract for Tourniquet Master Training (TMT). The TMT course helps warfighters provide immediate aid by halting the bleeding of soldiers' battlefield wounds.

Battlefield medical treatments have progressed significantly in recent years and quick and proper use of tourniquets has saved many lives. Unfortunately, traditional tourniquets or gauzes cannot treat some injuries, such as those in the abdomen or pelvic areas. New types of junctional tourniquets have been developed to treat injuries to those areas. The improved systems, however, require trained personnel who know how to apply the technology. The Tourniquet Master Training developed by Charles River Analytics teaches, assesses, and provides refresher lessons on the new devices, including the Combat Ready Clamp™ (CRoC), the Abdominal Aortic Junctional Tourniquet™ (AAJT), the Junctional Emergency Treatment Tool (JETT™), and the SAM® Junctional Tourniquet.

The scenario-based trainer includes a sensor-based system linked to a software-based virtual mentor. The software provides initial assessment and feedback during training, as well as a mobile instructor that provides refresher lessons. The TNT is usable with multiple manikins and configurable for future tourniquet technologies.

As the use of advanced tourniquets spread to non-military organizations, the training may also be valuable to Tactical Emergency Medical Support providers, such as the FBI, SWAT teams, and the Department of Homeland Security.

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