Iowa Patent of the Month – February 2021

Transport to a hospital sometimes involves the use of a SMEED or a Special Medical Emergency Evacuation Device. A SMEED is a metal bracket that sits above the patient in a stretcher to support multiple life support devices. However, this blocks access to the patient. SMEED’s are also heavy and difficult to mount, and also do not provide equal easy access to all the machines mounted. Athena GTX, Inc has been designing a critical care unit which helps to monitor and treat a patient enroute to a medical care facility.

Athena GTX’s design overcomes the challenges presented by the SMEED, providing a superior mobile care set up. The system is composed of a critical care unit coupled to a patient monitoring device(s). The monitoring devices gather physiological data and transmit it to the critical care unit, which then provides treatment instructions to each treatment device. Remote access allows a medical caregiver to also provide instructions to the care system. The critical care unit would be mounted on the bottom side of the stretcher so that it is below the patient, not blocking access. With treatment machines attached, the machine is capable of providing treatment enroute to a hospital. it has surprisingly been discovered that a patient’s chances of survival can be greatly improved with the use of a mobile care system that is adapted to receive data from and control a variety of medical monitoring and treatment devices.

About Athena GTX

Athena GTX is proud to design and manufacture wireless, mobile, patient-worn, multiple casualty monitors to assist in point of injury triage and treatment decisions. They serve civilian and military markets related to medical state and smart monitors for first responders. Their devices allow you to connect with patient data remotely, extending monitoring capabilities further into the field.

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