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Marines and Sailors conduct operational trials of the Tempus Pro, a tactical telemedicine device, over two days of testing aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22-23. The Tempus Pro attaches to the patient and broadcasts their vital signs back to a battalion aid station or aiding physician so that they can instruct and help the corpsman.

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Tempus Pro makes battlefield medical assistance as easy as Skype

30 Jan 2014 | Cpl. Scott Reel

Members of the Field Medical Training Battalion tested the Tempus Pro, a tactical telemedicine device, over two days of informational and operational testing aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22-23.  

The Tempus Pro allows, at the point of injury, to attach the device to the patient and broadcast their vital signs back to a battalion aid station or aiding physician in order to instruct and assist the corpsman.

Lt. Cmdr. David Gribben, project head of expeditionary medicine with Marine Corps War Fighting Lab, said the trial afforded the opportunity to test the device in a controlled setting to see what makes sense for its military use.

“That’s part of the reason why we’re here today; we don’t just want to look at the technology in isolation,” Gribben said. “What we want to do is look at it as a part of an operational concept.”
Marc Whedbe, director of U.S. military sales for Remote Diagnostic Technologies visited Pendleton to work with MCWL and the FMTB corpsmen to demo the device’s capabilities and ask the corpsmen how it could be better.

“I was extremely impressed with the corpsmen’s view on it and how they would utilize it in a field of fire,” Whedbe said. 

Although the ones testing the machine are expert corpsmen that have seen the medical demands of highly kinetic battlefields, Whedbe said anyone can operate it.

“The standard training on this lasts only three hours,” Whedbe said. “Even if the individual does not have the skillset or the medical training, there is an assist screen that allows the individual to walk through what needs to be done.”

The Tempus Pro is one of the most complex and capable medical devices available to the military, and it is equally as durable.

“With the exception of something completely catastrophic, this machine can take a lot of abuse,” Gribben said.

The military specifications on the Tempus Pro require it to withstand 26 drops from all acute angles, 10 to 15 minutes under a fire hose, and ball bearings dropped from four feet onto the screen.

While the focus of the military may seem like machines intended to defeat an enemy, the Tempus Pro is a statement of the equivalent focus to save the lives of those that serve their country.

“I’ve been very impressed during my time in the military at the lengths we’ll go to save a person — the investments we’ll make in not just money and time, but in will and emotions,” Gribben said. “The dignity that brings the families and service members is impressive and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”