The Army is developing a tool aimed at reducing altitude sickness in deployed soldiers. The tool will supply commanders who are preparing for missions with an altitude-acclimatization model that predicts at what point a soldier might feel the effects of acute mountain sickness (AMS), as well as the potential severity of the symptoms.
The ultimate goal for researchers is to create software that will run on a wristwatch, GPS or smartphone. "We are currently collaborating with MIT's Lincoln Laboratory to get this technology into a smartphone-based application," Beth Beidleman of the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (pictured), said in a written statement. "It is important for us to provide a really basic planning tool that anyone could easily use."
Image credit: David Kamm, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center