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Naval Special Warfare Command Orders CRO Medical Equipment Suite for Special Operations Medics

CRO Medical equipment suite supports point of injury Damage Control Resuscitation for a variety of SOF mission sets.

MISSOULA, Mont. (Nov. 14, 2022) – CRO Medical has received multiple orders from Naval Special Warfare Command amounting to 2,339 units, including the following products:

1. DCR 9L
2. DCR Panel
3. Pelvic Binder
4. MARCH Belt
5. Hybrid IFAK
6. Medium Bleeder
7. Full TQ Covers
8. Medic Case (NARCs)
9. Hard Medication Case
10. Blood Transport Container

The CRO Medical product line is designed explicitly for medics treating at the point of injury to optimize Damage Control Resuscitation using whole blood. NSW selected the CRO product line to modernize the NSW Authorized Medical Allowance List (AMAL) for issue to NSW Medics at NSWG1 and NSWG2, part of an ongoing equipment modernization program to increase the survivability of combat casualties.

In addition to casualty care during combat operations, NSW is increasing access to lifesaving interventions during CONUS training events to reduce risks associated with training accidents. The suite of equipment provides a diverse range of capabilities to NSW medics operating in both CONUS and OCONUS environments. One example is utilizing the CRO Blood Transport Container to carry French-made, Freeze-Dried Plasma (FDP) when cold stored low titer group O whole blood (CS-LTOWB) is unavailable. CRO’s design team utilizes best practices in prehospital medical protocols to address these challenges with the SOF end user in mind.

“We are impressed with NSW’s ability to stay agile with medical procurement and adopt cutting-edge product developments in combat trauma care. Adding the CRO Medical product line to the standard issue program enhances patient care at the point of injury and helps to bridge the gap from POI to Damage Control Surgery,” said Jeff Boardman, CEO of CRO Medical. “We are developing products to capture future medical implementations on the battlefield, and currently, NSW is leading the effort to modernize their equipment to provide better care.”

The CRO Medical equipment suite is an ecosystem of medical products designed to give multiple packing options to the Medic for various mission sets. The DCR family of medical bags consists of two products, the DCR Panel and DCR-9L. The DCR Panel is a slim first-line aid bag primarily used for Direct Assault and designed for use in concert with the CRO MARCH Belt. Resuscitation with blood from the outside pouch speeds delivery without needing to access the aid bag’s main compartment. The carbon fiber panel clips to the plate carrier, and when dropped, access to CRO Flat StrapsTM hidden behind the panel allows the Medic to sling the bag for movement.

The CRO Blood Transport Container is a tear-away insulated pouch rated to keep blood within transport parameters for eight hours at 40C ambient temperature. The built-in pressure infuser allows the Medic to rapidly hang the bag to infuse it into a wounded patient. This design feature reduces the steps needed to perform the procedure, reducing the task load on the Medic and potentially increasing the number of interventions performed in a short amount of time.

The DCR-9L is a larger med bag, replacing the Mystery Ranch RATS Pack in the NSW AMAL. Removing interior pouches, sleeves, and edge bindings reduce the bag’s overall weight while increasing visibility to the Medic’s workstation without sacrificing cubic volume. This more efficient design, paired with moving the blood container from the inside to the outside of the bag using the CRO Blood Transport Container, increases the amount of critical care equipment carried by the Medic. Carbon fiber reinforcements throughout the bag provide protection and rigidity. The customizable loop field allows for mounting hard items when utilized as a “truck bag” and configured with monitors, vents, or Propaq.

The CRO Pelvic Binder is the smallest commercially available pelvic binding device available. In partnership with BOA Technology Inc. (DENVER, Colo.), the CRO Pelvic Binder reduces the cubic volume required to carry a pelvic binder at the POI. NSW selected this device due to the 31JAN2017 CoTCCC update, indicating pelvic binding under “Circulation” for bleeding control due to common high-energy battlefield MOIs with significant morbidity and mortality from associated vascular injuries. 26% of service members that died in OEF/OIF died with a pelvic fracture. Routine prehospital pelvic binding is proven to increase the survivability of battlefield casualties.

The CRO Medical product suite leads the industry for point-of-injury care for the Special Operations Medic. The product ecosystem complements itself to bring a full range of medical carry and treatment options to the SOF Medic.

CRO Medical is excited to announce the FY23 launch of its first Class 2 medical device. The CRO Suction Unit is a miniaturized critical care suction device for multiple prehospital suction procedures. Indicated for use during common airway interventions, En Route chest injury management, and Tactical Damage Control Surgery. The device will integrate into the existing CRO Medical product line to optimize point-of-injury care.

Find more information at www.cromedical.com or by contacting Customer Service at [email protected].

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