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November 17, 2023: MOVES® SLC™ deployed as part of the first En-Route Care System (ERCS) aboard U.S. Navy's Eisenhower Strike Group (IKECSG)
Thornhill Medical’s Derek Watt, VP Field Operations, reviews MOVES® SLC™ features during a training session with U.S. Navy personnel associated with the Eisenhower Strike Group, which has now been deployed to the Middle East. See below for full caption.*
Toronto, ON, Nov.17, 2023: Military medical technology innovator Thornhill Medical is pleased to share the announcement by the U.S. Navy that its integrated life support technology, MOVES® SLC™, has been deployed by the U.S. Navy as part of the first En-Route Care System (ERCS) medical expeditionary capability aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG).
Deployed on October 14, 2023, the ERCS allows the U.S. Navy to evacuate critically ill patients while maintaining full medical capabilities back on the ship. As a component within the ERCS, MOVES® SLC™ enables expanded care capabilities advanced technology that is smaller, lighter, more durable, flexible, easy to maintain, and less reliant on supply chain.
MOVES® SLC™ is a portable life support system that provides advanced critical care capabilities in extreme or austere environments and in transport or evacuation. It is the only micro-integrated life support system that combines an oxygen (O2) concentrator, a unique O2-conserving ventilator, suction, and complete vital signs monitoring in a single compact, rugged, portable, battery-operated system, which operates without oxygen cylinders. MOVES® SLC™ enables critical care of in far forward or austere environments and aboard a variety of transportation modes, sustaining care over lengthy evacuation distances with decreased supply chain support.
This transformative technology is already having a significant impact on the delivery of care and transport of trauma patients in current real-world combat and humanitarian missions.
“We are excited to expand the strike group’s medical response capabilities with the addition of ERCS,” said Cmdr. Jason Condino, the IKECSG senior medical officer. “This allows us the ability to evacuate critically ill patients while maintaining full medical capabilities back on the ship. Implementation of this team aboard IKE aligns with long-term plans to meet fleet-wide requirements in support of distributed maritime operations.”
“For 20 years, Thornhill Medical has been innovating to expand critical care capabilities on the battlefield, during evacuation, in forward surgical units, and a wide range of other combat, humanitarian and emergency scenarios,” said Derek Watt, VP Field Operations, Thornhill Medical. “This most recent deployment with the U.S. Navy reaffirms Thornhill Medical’s long-standing commitment to supporting medical military modernization to equip forces for a wide range of scenarios today and in the future.”
*From left, a manufacture representative provides familiarization training of a mobile, integrated intensive care unit equipment with Lt. Kyle Rowland, a critical care nurse assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Camp Lejeune, and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Bradley Christian, a search and rescue technician assigned to NMRTC Patuxent River, as Cmdr. David Goodrich, the lead research and development of naval expeditionary medical platforms assigned to U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, observes at Naval Medical Readiness Logistics Command. Rowland and Christian are a part of a 2-person team with the En-Route Care System (ERCS), one of the Navy’s newest medical capabilities that will deploy for the first time with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in order to meet the demands of maritime operations in a distributed environment. U.S. Navy photo by Julius L. Evans. This photo has been altered for security purposes by blurring out access badges. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.