DAG 2016 CANSOFCOM Services

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CANSOFCOM health services provide integral medical capabilities to all types of SOF missions in varying capacities. CANSOFCOM is interested in improved treatment strategies optimized for patients in austere areas that require treatment for long periods, concepts for small and rugged vital signs monitors, and analgesia. These solutions should be suitable to be maintained and administered in SOF environments. Correspondence with CANSOFCOM is encouraged if you have novel methods and devices for rapid identification and analysis or optimal acclimatization strategies for problems such as high altitude edemas.

Global Treatment Strategies

Research, apply and/or develop effective treatment strategies that address the following elements: hypotensive resuscitation, optimal fluid(s), uncomplicated shock, non-compressible hemorrhaging and traumatic brain injuries. These strategies must be optimized for patients in austere, far-forward areas who must be treated for extended periods (days, not hours).

Vital Signs Monitoring

Research, apply and/or develop novel concepts for miniaturized and ruggedized vital signs monitors (temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, capnography, and pulse oximetry) that capture data for later retrieval. Concepts should include an open architecture to allow for easier integration with other systems and applications.


Research, apply and/or develop novel peripherally and centrally acting analgesia that provide easy administration in the field, tolerance of extreme environments, and effectiveness at the point of injury for a prolonged period of field care (days, not hours) and does not sensitize the patient to topical analgesia. Maximum analgesia with minimal sedation is preferred.

Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) Hazards

Novel methods and devices for rapid identification and analysis of exposures to OEH hazards. Research must support the development and analysis of hand-held, field-hardened and environmentally stable monitoring devices, dosimetry, and assays for rapid on-site identification, and analysis of media that could pose an OEH hazard to SOF personnel such as industrial contaminants, food borne pathogens, toxins, agents, and biological material exposures.

Optimal Acclimatization Strategy

Research, apply and/or develop novel approaches that provide rapid and sustainable human acclimatization for extremes in temperature, altitude and time change (circadian acclimatization).

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema/High Altitude Cerebral Edema

Research, apply and/or develop novel treatment approaches, either pharmaceutical interventions or alternative treatments, for high altitude pulmonary edema and/or high altitude cerebral edema.

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