The innovative stethoscope system has numerous non-NASA applications. Any situation where medical care must be administered in a high-noise environment will provide an application for the system. These situations include accident scenes, during patient transport, on the battlefield, on the scene of industrial accidents, and at large public events. We expect to find customers in the military, fire departments, EMS, law enforcement, and in schools.
The system developed through Phase I and II is expected to transition to a large number of applications within NASA. The system will become standard equipment on manned space flights, including flights to the International Space Station and long duration flights to new destinations, where it will be utilized to provide both local and remote medical monitoring and diagnoses. The stethoscope will also find numerous applications within NASA for terrestrial applications. The system is well suited for use in administering emergency medical care in numerous noisy industrial settings, such as vehicle/payload assembly buildings, engine test facilities, and during aircraft or helicopter flights.