Biomedical engineering students have invented a blood-warming device, intended to reduce the number of fatalities caused by blood loss-induced hypothermia on the battlefield (Photo: isafmedia)
The Heat Wave prototype in the lab (Photo:
For U.S. troops, the most common type of battlefield fatality involves blood loss due to trauma. When a soldier does experience blood loss, their chance of survival drops by 22.5 percent once hypothermia sets in. Needless to say, if that reaction can be minimized or delayed, then less fatalities should occur. A team of biomedical engineering students from New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology is working towards that goal, by developing a blood-warming system device known as Heat Wave.
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