Army, company reach agreement on new litter, stretcher device

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The SHRAIL enables the transformation of any standard NATO litter or stretcher into a functional surgical table or intensive care unit bed.

The Army and a private company have partnered to make a rail system that transforms any standard NATO litter or stretcher into a functional surgical table or intensive care unit bed.

“This agreement provides the framework necessary to take this revolutionary product and make it a commercial-off-the-shelf item” said Mark Brown, chief of the Medical Prototype Development Laboratory for the Medical Support Systems Project Management Office at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity.

The activity is based at Fort Detrick, near Frederick, Md.

Partners in the agreement are the Medical Materiel Development Activity, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Technology Transfer Office and Atlanta-based Morzine Medical LLC.

The agreement allows Morzine the rights to distribute and sell the SHRAIL. Morzine Medical is a worldwide distributor for the Doak M4 Surgical Table.

According to a news release from Fort Detrick, the Army looks to small business to provide innovation that will support the health and mission of warfighters.

The SHRAIL was developed for far-forward surgery, according to the news release. It provides a standardized means to connect accessories commonly found in operating rooms to litters and stretchers. The result is the ability to employ advanced capabilities in emergency, field and transportation operation.

The SHRAIL can be transported in a standard ruck sack to some of the most austere environments.

Col. Jason M. Hiles and Cpt. Maxwell R. Sirkin, Army surgeons at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, co-invented the SHRAIL based on deployment experiences.

“I wanted to help the far-forward surgeon, who is often hours to days from a formal operating room or hospital,” Sirkin said in the release. “These surgeons will have critically ill patients that they may need to move frequently. I wanted to come up with a device that can help in this setting.”

Headquartered in Fort Detrick, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Medical Technology Transfer Office coordinates all intellectual property licensing on behalf of all the commant’s subordinate laboratories from the federal sector to nonfederal parties.

The Medical Materiel Development Activity works on products designed to protect and preserve the lives of warfighters. It  develops new drugs, vaccines and medical support equipment that enhance readiness, ensures the provision of the highest quality medical care to the DOD and maximizes survival of medical casualties on the battlefield.