My love of M*A*S*H is no secret. I've spent countless hours with Hawkeye and the gang, and I've never had any objections to plugging in an episode that I've seen four times already. Years have passed since my initial encounter with the show, but I often think about it as I read about modern products that would have helped the characters in the show?and the surgeons in the war it was based on?save countless hours and lives.
- RevMedx's XStat Rapid Hemostasis System. This device isn't particularly high tech it's essentially a giant sponge-filled syringe but its usefulness in quickly and effectively stemming bleeding in gunshot wounds would make it perfect for extended transport times before the patient can reach a surgeon.
- Arsenal Medical's Injectable Foam. Designed to rapidly target internal bleeding, this treatment involves injecting two liquids through the belly-button using a two-barrelled syringe. The liquids form polyeurethane foam when they mix, which expands, hardens, and puts pressure against the internal organs to slow the bleeding. Like the XStat, this product is intended for field use, and can be removed by the surgeon upon operation.
- Portable Surgical Navigation Systems. There are numerous surgical navigation systems on the market that would help Hawkeye and company deal with poor lighting, difficult anatomy, etc., but the defining characteristic in a M*A*S*H unit is mobility. Portable navigation systems one example is Medtronic's StealthStation S7 could be moved easily both with the OR and to a new camp location.
- Remote Monitoring. Digitally enabled fabrics allow the physiological condition of a patient to be monitored, without the patient being directly connected to the monitor. By wearing the fabrics, functions such as heart rate and respiration rate can be monitored remotely; these devices would make it a lot easier for M*A*S*H surgeons to monitor critical patients during a bug-out.