Advancing Medicine on the Frontlines
Researchers are also making major advances in battlefield medicine. APT Center researchers are developing an "electric bandage" that would cover a wound and pass a current through the skin to accelerate healing time.
Another team of researchers from the department of biomedical engineering and the VA is studying nanocomposite materials that could act as bone substitutes for head and face injuries. Rather than waiting months or weeks for bone to heal, these materials could fuse to bone immediately.
"You could imagine someone with an injury being treated locally rather than being evacuated," says Ronald Triolo, PhD. These treatments will eventually benefit civilians as well. "Emergency medicine is going to benefit tremendously from what the military is trying to do."