Today, too many patients either don't make it to the hospital before it's too late or are just not diagnosed early enough. This is the key to our vision. With it we have unlocked powerful new tools that maximize the efficiency of today's triage and monitoring procedures.
Automate Vital Signs Collection
Manually retrieving vital signs can take 5-10 minutes or even longer on the battlefield. With disposable sensors and minimal training, we eliminate this error-prone and time-consuming process.
Objectively Triage & Prioritize Patients
First Responders have to prioritize their patients using only basic sensory data, e.g. who is unresponsive? not breathing? etc. We use real-time data to make these decisions objectively.
Map, Track, Manage, & Evacuate Casualties
Locating patients is an obvious barrier to providing care, but so is the paper trail. We geolocate and map casualties while recording vital signs, injuries, treatments, and evacuation details for processing.
Let First Responders Do Their Jobs
First Responders have to locate casualties, triage patients, write reports, log details – all while continuously taking patients’ vital signs. We eliminate the distractions so they can provide care.
The Sempulse Difference
First Responders perform the extremely difficult task of prioritizing the needs of their patients. Today, in mass casualty events, incidents where the injured outnumber the available care givers, they are forced to make subjective decisions due to a lack of tools and resources designed to deal with these kinds of events. Typically, this is accomplished with only their eyes and ears, e.g. who is the loudest? or maybe who is the quietest? or even who is the bloodiest? Tending to each patient can take upwards of 5 to 10 minutes, and during these crucial moments other patients may not even survive before they're evaluated. Through the latest advancements in technology, Sempulse FieldVitals™ dramatically improves the efficiency of today's monitoring and triage procedures, and ultimately the timeliness of care, with instantaneous and accurate vital signs collection.
Sempulse addresses First Responders' need to triage patients more effectively by using real-time data to increase the survivability of casualties before they reach the hospital. With automated patient vital signs data, FieldVitals prioritizes patients based on pre-determined and adjustable thresholds, their calculated Injury Severity Scores (ISS), and a pattern recognition analysis of each patient’s biosignals against known historical cases with outcomes. The system then calculates and supplies predictively-modeled prognoses while keeping a full history of transactional data for future analyses, fine tuning, and machine learning. Sempulse FieldVitals provides strategic, data-driven insights for medical professionals and their patients.
Sempulse has developed an easy-to-use system to monitor and geolocate First Responders and their patients while connecting them with the knowledge and support of remote physicians and centralized leadership. Medics and field personnel carry sensors that are easily applied without medical training or a patient can even apply one independently. Once applied, medics are then provided with continuously-streaming patient data. This data is then populated across the entire system, providing local and remote care givers with patient alerts, triage decision support, patients’ medical history data, and a customizable view of their patients in priority order. The system also provides centralized medical review, administrative oversight, patient routing optimizations, and the dissemination of patient data to ambulatory services, hospitals, and other treatment facilities. Plus, it works in either a connected or disconnected state. Sempulse FieldVitals creates a prehospital ecosystem that works in austere battlefield conditions, in emergency disaster responses, or in routine emergency situations to map, track, manage, and treat patients while they are en route to advanced medical care.
Ultimately, a First Responder’s job is to care for their patients. Unfortunately, today's manual triage procedures consume most of their time. Armed with pulse oximeters, tags, markers, and radios, emergency medical personnel spend more of their time conducting triage and patient management than actually treating injuries. They have to locate the injured, evaluate them for initial assessments, manually take their vital signs, prioritize them against other casualties, and then log their injuries and any treatments provided. All of this must be done before the First Responder even calls in the evacuation request and then they must continuously repeat this process with each patient. If there are 5 patients, they won't return to check on the first patient for 25-50 minutes. Sempulse FieldVitals frees medics to spend their time actually treating their patients instead of continuously collecting vital signs, potentially saving lives that may have otherwise been lost.
Sempulse System Architecture
Sempulse has solutions targeting Military, Disaster Management, and Consumer applications.
Our solution represents a paradigm shift for First Responders, letting them focus on their primary responsibility: treating the wounded. Sempulse FieldVitals is modular, easy-to-use, easy-to-store, easy-to-transport, and cost-effective. Our iOS, Android, Windows, and sensor solutions can be conveniently carried anywhere injuries are possible, effectively providing help anywhere on the globe.
FieldVitals' targeted Military applications include:
- Marine Corps
- Air Force
- Coast Guard
- National Guard
- Allied Forces
- Natural Disaster Response Teams
- International / Federal Relief Agencies (DHS, FEMA, etc.)
- City / Urban Disaster Response Teams
- Quarantine Areas
- Epidemic Outbreaks
- Terrorism Response
- Hospitals / ERs / Waiting Rooms
- Nursing Homes / Convalescent Care Facilities
- Police / Fire Departments / EMTs
- Humanitarian Aid
- Search and Rescue
- Schools / Universities
- Personalized Healthcare
Sempulse was created for the men and women of our armed forces. With the constant reminders of the dangers our military men and women face in training and combat, Sempulse began developing sensor systems designed specifically for the harsh conditions of battlefield triage spread across the globe. We then realized that we could enhance the entire existing prehospital and multiple casualty spaces with our FieldVitals solution. We are a collection of biomedical, hardware, and software engineers and former U.S. Military Officers located in Arizona, California, Texas, and Illinois. Our Advisory Board consists of Fortune 50 executives, high-ranking U.S. Military flag officers, CEO-tenured physicians, and Tier 1 medical operators.
- Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP
- Multiple entrepreneurial ventures.
- Named inventor on 7 U.S. patents.
- CIO of ICW Group, Director at Allstate, VP of Professional Services at Managed Solution
- Market fit / launch expert
- Hardware and SaaS strategic development
- Founder, Speaker, Advisor on startup teams and transactions
- EVP Reuters, IBM, Avid – Marketing, Innovation, Insights leader
Dr. James Aljoe, MD
- Physician, Surgeon
- Emergency Room and Mass Casualty expertise
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. George’s of London Medical School.
Board of Advisors
VADM John Morgan
- International Militaries
- Defense Contracting
- U.S. Navy, Nobles Worldwide
CDR Sean Fisher
- Reserve USN Officer, MSGL / MBA
- Special Agent, Diplomatic Security Service
- 10+ years Expeditionary Warfare, with international expertise in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
SGM Richard Wannall
- Military Medicine
- Defense Contracting
- GRA Maven, U.S. Army, Delta Force
- U.S. Government Procurement
- Defense Contracting
- Cisco, PepsiCo, IBM, Finn Advisors
- U.S. Government
- U.S. State Department, AudioEye, The Gryphon Group
- Government Contracting
- Techstars, Silicon Jungle Labs, One Defense
Frequently Asked Questions
What is field triage?
Field triage is the process by which emergency medical service providers decide the severity of patients outside of the hospital, determine their prioritization for care, and then select their intended care center destination.
When is field triage used?
Field triage is used whenever a patient is injured outside of a care center.
What is a mass casualty incident?
A mass casualty incident is an event where the number of patients outnumbers the available caregivers. A mass casualty event is typically thought of with dozens of casualties, but a simple car accident with 2 injuries and a single EMT represents a mass casualty event.
What is mass casualty triage?
This the process of conducting triage activities during a mass casualty event.
What should you do when a mass casualty incident occurs?
If you are a bystander, first and foremost you should seek safety. Once you are secure, you should call for help. If you are a caregiver and you can safely reach the wounded, you should follow your area's preferred field triage processes and procedures.
What are non-invasive vital signs?
Non-invasive vital signs acquisition refers to the ability to monitor a patient's vital signs without interfering with their day-to-day activities.
Where is the best body site to monitor non-invasive vital signs?
The best body acquisition site for non-invasive vital signs is the back of the ear. The extremities (wrists, arms, legs, etc.) introduce motion errors and are prone to inaccurate readings during trauma. The chest and torso introduce multiple possible acquisition sites, but they cannot be used without invasively interfering with the patient and most are prone to dirt, hair, tattoo, and other various impediments. The neck and face are also invasive as they impact daily activities. This only leaves the ear; the lobe is prone to temperature fluctuations and the ear drum interferes with hearing. That leaves only the back of the ear.