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Improving DoD Blast Injury Prevention Standards

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), on behalf of the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO), is conducting market research to obtain information to improve DoD blast injury standards.

The Request for Information (RFI) seeks to obtain information from industry, academia, and other federal agencies to support the following goals:

  • Obtain information on existing Spine/Back Blast Injury criteria, thresholds, and models, etc., that could be considered as potential DoD standards, as well as those being developed or researched
  • Identify gaps between existing knowledge and that needed to inform standards
  • Give producers of existing protection systems that are relevant to understanding human tolerance limits and predicting injuries sustained by blast victims an opportunity to describe how they can assist in standards identification, development, and research
  • Identify researchers who have developed or are researching blast injury criteria, thresholds, and testing methods, and that possess appropriate scientific expertise, experience, and resources to describe and provide the scientific evidence needed to inform the standards
  • Identify and obtain methodologies, tools, models and simulations, dose-response curves, injury thresholds, computational models, their components and parameters and associated technologies, that may contribute to an upgradable platform for continuous integration of improved technologies
  • Obtain information from a broad community, including industry, academia, and other federal agencies on the availability of military-relevant blast injury standards.

The standards can range from simple dose response curves and injury thresholds that address single components of blast insults, such as peak force, to complex algorithms and computational models that address multiple components of blast insults, such as force-time history.

These standards will play a critical role in the prevention of injuries and the enhancement of soldier survivability by informing health hazard assessments, survivability assessments, and protection system development aimed at producing safe weapon systems, survivable combat platforms, and effective protection systems.

To submit copies of publications, articles, reports, images, etc., related to existing or emerging Human Spine/Back Blast Injury criteria, thresholds, and models, etc., for consideration as potential DoD Military Health System Blast Injury Protection Standards, please visit the DoD Blast Injury Research Program website.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: W81XWH-15-T-JLM123.

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