Call for Papers "Emerging Technological Advances In Tactical Casualty Care"

The three-day NATO Symposium will be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 20 to 22 April 2015. It is supported by the Human Factors and Medicine Panel (HFM) of the Science & Technology Organization, Collaboration and Support Office (STO-CSO).

Authors are invited to submit papers for this Symposium. Papers and presentations will be delivered in English. The Programme Committee will select papers, based on submitted abstracts that are considered suitable for presentation at the Symposium. We advocate evidence-based approaches, as well as fundamental or innovative papers, that contribute to the augmentation and solidification of the comprehensive approach.

It is expected that about 20 to 25 papers will be selected for oral presentations at the Symposium. Proposed abstracts should be sent by 19 September 2014. Detailed information is available on the STO-CSO website:

The NATO leadership has mandated, and our populaces expect, that to the maximum extent possible, the medical care provided to our deployed military personnel will be of the same standard as they could receive in their home countries. Experience in recent wars has shown that the judicious applications of advanced medical technologies to combat casualty care has played a significant role in reducing combat-related mortality to the lowest level which has ever been seen.

The NATO expeditionary strategic concept, with its emphasis on multinational shared responsibility for medical care, reduced deployed medical footprints and early evacuation, cannot be implemented from a medical point of view without effective use of all available advanced medical technologies in the multinational setting. Future NATO operations can be expected as even more mobile and flexible than in the past, and will take place in remote and austere environments, providing new challenges to deployable medical services.

All sessions of the HFM Symposium in Warsaw will be unclassified with unlimited distribution. Attendance at the HFM Symposium is by enrolment only. The Symposium audience will include experts from NATO, Partnership for Peace (PfP), Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), as well as selected Contact Nations.

This activity will bring together international experts in development and fielding of advanced medical technologies, with the goal of gaining a greater understanding of soon-to-be fielded technologies, and to determine how they can best be applied within the multinational NATO environment. And it will give the opportunity to get a vision of possible ways to future technologies.

We plan to enhance information interchange between researchers in order to reduce unnecessary duplication of effort, and to introduce to the NATO leadership the current and future medical technologies and procedures. Evaluation of the potential ability of various new modalities to support NATO goals and objectives will be carried out. These new technologies to be evaluated are not limited solely to direct patient care devices, but may include other types of equipment, such as those used in evacuation, telemedicine, medical CIS, medical situational awareness, robotics, bionics, genomics, and remote medical monitoring.

Both researchers and industry representatives will be invited to participate in the symposium. Examples of technology enablers within the scope of this symposium include: Hemorrhage control and Resuscitation Technology including blood products; Wireless Vital Signs Monitoring; Detection, diagnosis and early treatment of concussion; Medical Information Systems (for field medical records, patient tracking, patient regulating, and medical situational awareness); Modular Intensive Care Units including closed loop patient management systems; Use of Virtual Reality for training, patient diagnosis and treatment; Pain Management; Portable diagnostic devices; Patient evacuation, with and without manned vehicles including UAV and UUV; Portable imaging systems (e.g. radiography, ultrasound, etc.); Combat Stress Management.

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