The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research is working with academia and industry to improve the human body’s capability to recover from blood loss. In time, a small device capable of quickly measuring what is known as the Compensatory Reserve Index (CRI) will be a part of every combat medic’s kit. The device will help medical teams determine when patients are going into states of hemorrhagic shock. “The compensatory reserve measurement device will be important for triage because of stressful battlefield conditions,” said Victor Convertino, a PhD at the institute. “There’s lots of noise, lots of adrenaline and not much equipment, which can make diagnosis especially hard for medics. The device will help medics save lives,” he said. The institute is working in collaboration with the University of Colorado and Flashback Technologies, Inc.