Equipment classification: R - Drugs (Rx) and Medical
Medicine is the science and practice of diagnosing and treating injuries and illness. Medicine has been around for thousands of years frequently having connections to the religious and philosophical beliefs of local culture. A medical device, the items in this list, are used for medical purposes assisting a physician or doctor in the process of diagnostics, treatment, and improving quality of life in their patients. Medical devices vary in both their intended use and indications for use.
|Also see||Medical Technology of Charted Space|
An AutoDoc or AutoMed is an automated medical unit, capable of performing medical procedures or even operations depending on the sophistication of its processors. The patient is placed in the unit after being stabilized, and the AutoDoc monitors vital signs, makes suggestions as to treatment options, regularly injects prescribed medication, and will initiate emergency resuscitation procedures, unless overridden, if the patient's vital signs drop below certain minimum levels.
On Earth during TL:7-9, great advances in medicine, sensors, and robotics brought about the Hypothermic Berth, wearable sensors, robotic (waldo and remote controlled) arthroscopic surgery. With the expansion into space, these were combined into a single unit which became known as the Automated Doctor or AutoDoc. Early units had built-in capabilities of a field medic and connected to communications systems to be remotely operated by doctors on other ships. Further advances made units more capable and/or smaller.
During the early Stellar Epoch TL:10-12 the standard AutoDoc has the capabilities of a nurse for diagnosis and treatment, Hypothermic Berth cold sleep capabilities, and remote control for remote surgery by a doctor.
By the mid Stellar Epoch TL:13-15, the basic AutoDoc is a grav stretcher for field triage and transportation (but no longer has the remote surgery capabilities). And the (standard) Advanced AutoDoc has full surgical tools and skills, Hypothermic and Early Stasis Berth cold sleep capabilities. Still other specialized units exist such that they except the grav stretcher for rapid handling of mass casualties, or specialized for limb or organ regrowth, or expanded capacity for multiracial requirements.
A piece of medical equipment, which injects a substance into the body without piercing the skin. This is accomplished by forcing the fluid through the skin at high pressure. Autojectors take vials, either small, four dose vials or larger forty dose vials.
Bandage is a spray foam healing agent designed to supplement or replace sanitized dressings and sticking plasters. Its primary use is in the field treatment of battle wounds, burns, and other major traumatic injuries. Bandage sprays on as a thick white foam, which cleans the wound by its effervescent action, helping to bring foreign matter (such as dirt particles and bullet fragments) to the surface. Also, bandage anesthetizes and disinfects the wound. Finally, bandage hardens, forming a stiff, flexible shell which seals out infection and immobilizes the area. Applied properly, bandage will speed up the healing process. If not applied properly, bandage will do no harm, but will have no measurable beneficial effects. 48 to 72 hours after application, bandage will soften and flake off the wound.
Bandage is not a substitute for proper medical treatment, merely an advanced first aid tool. Any character who has been seriously wounded must still receive medical attention. Bandage will aid healing but cannot restore destroyed tissue. For instance, a character with a severely damaged arm may still lose the use of that limb without proper medical treatment, even if bandage is used. Bandage is available in many containers; the most common sizes are half-liter cans issued in most first aid kits. Military medics and emergency aid personnel may carry larger containers.
Eliminol is a chemical masking agent designed to eliminate biological matter. It will break down living matter into its base components and as a side effect of this process causes the residue to be undetectable to conventional means of discovery until above TL–12. Eliminol will also break down DNA and all cell structures however it is slow acting, generally taking 24 hours for the process to complete. Sold in a spray pack Eliminol was created to help crime scene clean-up crews sanitize sites. Its masking properties have not escaped the notice of criminal elements, often driving up the price tenfold on the black market of lower tech worlds. Eliminol can only be transported within the Imperium by registered biohazard transport companies.
Eliminol is difficult to manufacture as a key ingredient is an enzyme extracted from a deep sea algae on Kaagin (Reaver's Deep 2516). Therisys has been granted sole rights to harvesting the algae for 30 years by the Regent of Kaag.
A resizable plastic sleeve, the field cast holds injured limbs stable until proper medical attention can be applied. In starting form it is a flexible plastic which can expand or contract as needed to wrap around a broken or injured limb. A press of a stud on the embedded electric system instantly hardened the plastic to a stiff and immovable state. This stabilizes the limb and any bones within. Pressing the stud again reverts the process, and the plastic again becomes malleable for quick and easy removal when further treatment is available. While generally not reused, the cast can be used four or five times before the internal non-rechargeable power cell is exhausted.
The pocket inhaler or vaporiser is designed for inhaling drug preparations, such as caffeine, nicotine, psilocybin, or THC. Inhalers take specially made phials, which hold between ten and fifty doses of the drug. The solution used in these phials can be purchased, or it can be produced, using an auto-still. Inhalers are 150mm long and 10mm wide.
This is a basic surgical instrument set, for performing most surgical operations. The set consists of three scalpel handles, 48 disposable scalpel blades, fifteen pair of scissors, 10 sets of tweezers in three different sizes, 26 sets of forceps in six different sizes, four artery clamps, two needle holders, and twenty sets of disposable needles with suture, The instruments are of high quality steel, designed for easy cleaning and re-sterilization. The kit comes in a steel tray designed for easy access to the instruments during operations and sterilization.
Replacement scalpel blades are Cr3 for a set of 10. A set of needles with pre-cut suture material is Cr10 for a box of 10.
|Size||100mm x 20mm|
The Andwella Intelligent Robotics MediKit is a portable diagnostic and treatment device for personal first aid use. Using probes and skin monitors, the Medikit diagnoses the metabolic states of the patient and immediately injects the proper drugs to aid in recovery; Analgesics, antitoxins, stimulants, sedatives, etc.
This requires no decision on the part of the operator, only placing the kit in contact with the patient skin (usually the forearm or thigh) and press the activate button. The system internal expert system does the rest.
Limited to first aid only, the MediKit is very effective as long as it is supplied with proper drugs. Drug supplies in properly encoded containers are available on most worlds of TL–9. The kit contains warnings for low or depleted drug supplies. The MediKit also contains warning system if the system diagnoses a problem beyond the ability of the kit to treat correctly.
The kit runs on internal batteries which last several days of continuous use and can be recharged at any power source.
A Medical Kit is a portable unit containing basic medical supplies. It is designed to be used to provide immediate treatment to someone who is injured or who suddenly becomes ill. The bag or case is durable and resistant to the effects of climate and environment. It has handles and carrying straps for ease of retrieval and use. It includes multiple internal pockets that are clearly labelled.
The kit is primarily intended to treat minor injuries, but in capable hands it is also sufficient to treat serious wounds. Its contents can be used to assist with the treatment of radiation burns, chemical burns, poisoning, and drug overdoses. It can be used for the treatment of animal injuries
The TL–9+ versions include Skin Glue, which rapidly seals surface wounds and accelerates the healing process. Skin Glue is far superior to surgical glue or sutures and reduces the need for antibiotics and dressings.
More sophisticated versions of the kit may contain resuscitation equipment, surgical supplies, and diagnostic materials.
Tools in a standard medical kit include: A variety of small medical tools in sealed packets, hypoallergenic gloves (typically 2 pairs), simple fasteners such as safety pins, sharp scissors, thermal blanket, thermometer (typically electronic or a heat-reactive strip), torch, often head-mounted, with extra power cells, tourniquet, tweezers.
Sterile dressings to treat and protect injuries including adhesive bandages (plasters) in several sizes, adhesive sutures, elastic bandages, elasticated joint supports, fabric bandages, hemostatic pads, splints, sterile pads of different sizes, surgical glue or skin glue.
Items to aid and assist treatment: absorbent sheets, adhesive tape, antiseptic solution and wipes, chemical cold packs, chemical heat packs, dental repair kit, eyewash solution with eyebath, mouthpiece for giving CPR, soap, skincare products.
A medical kit may include a variety of drugs and pharmaceuticals. They are typically supplied in pill form and are taken orally, though some types of medication may need to be administered by inhalation or injection. If necessary, they are supplied with a suitable applicator. Drugs and pharmaceuticals are generally kept within a separate container inside the medical kit. They may include: Analgesics and Painkillers, Antibiotics, Antihistamine lotions and tablets, Antitoxins including treatments for bites and stings, an Autojector, Respiratory Inhaler, Opines.
Documentation is provided with the medical kit in a diagrammatic, easy to follow format, typically on a wipe-clean plasticized paper. It provides instructions showing the correct usage of the various items contained within the kit and is generally written in multiple languages. The documentation typically includes: An up to date first-aid manual, A manifest of items including expiration dates, and a log of inspections, usage, and replacement.
|Pocket Medical Scanner|
A doctor or nurse places a small disk-shaped probe against the patient's chest. In five to ten seconds, the scanner accurately determines body temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, respiration rate, level of neural activity, and fluid balance. While medical training is not required to use the device, it does require some skill to interpret the readings. The scanner probe can be used anywhere on the subject's body, but no respiration rate is available apart from the chest site.
Once a reading is made, pressing a button on the device records values for later review. Set points can also be keyed in, so that if readings reach a certain level, the scanners to alert the attending physician.
The scanner is optimized for use on a given race, so using it on members of another alien race does not work. The human and Vargr optimized scanners can be used on member of the other race, but reading are more difficult to interpret.
The pocket scanner contains only the sensor probe and a lightweight readout screen.
The full scanner includes a complete expert system diagnosis computer, which allows individual with little or no medical skill to diagnose and treat illness and injury.
A small laser projector, used in surgery, for cutting tissue and cauterizing lesions. The Medilaser can also be used for removing scar tissue, skin growths, tattoo marks, blemishes, and hair follicles. Medilasers come complete with a recharger and case.
A piece of medical equipment that consists of an enclosed vat, large enough to contain a body, monitoring equipment, environmental control equipment and a computer. The medivat is used to keep sick or injured organisms stabilized, whilst medical and surgical procedures are conducted upon them or recovery or recuperation is undertaken. In use, the medivat is filled with support fluid and the patient, paralyzed by a neural cut-out, floats, whilst being supplied with air, nutrients and whatever else is needed to sustain life. The patient usually wears VR goggles and earpieces during this process, connected to a computer. They can thus communicate with their medical personnel or visitors, watch movies or HTV programs, write letters to friends and otherwise amuse themselves. Standard features include robot arms to perform medical procedures and an instrument kit for the robot arms to use.
A Metabolic Chamber, used for growing clones, can accelerate growth to about one year per week. The subject is unconscious during the process. Nerve stimulation maintains muscle tone. Forced growth time (for Humans) is about a year of growth in a week of actual time. Time from fertilized egg to viable infant is about a week. Time from viable infant to Life Stage 3 (about 18 years old) is about 18 weeks.
Available at TL 13, the Metabolic Chamber is about one ton and costs about MCr1; it can treat one subject. Operational cost is about KC1 per week. An 18-week Forced Growth treatment costs about KCr18 (with half being supplies and consumables).
Field surgery requires blood, and the Neoplasma kit generates a blood substitute, an oxygen-rich plasma, that can sustain a patient until actual blood can be supplied or the patient heals naturally. The kit is tuned for specific races but is biologically compatible for all members of a specific race. The kit contains enough chemicals and water to generate 10 half-liter doses of plasma. Additional chemical kits are Cr40 each.
The Neural Cut-out is a bio-electric device which interferes with the subject's brainwaves. The device can be set to cause paralysis of the body or to send the subject to sleep. Neural cut-outs are used in medical procedures or in the transport of dangerous prisoners. The neural cutout includes a recharger with the purchase price.
Neural cut-outs must be close to the subject to work; 5cm is around the device's maximum range.
Personality Overlay Unit
A Personality Scanner make an editable, reproducible record of a Personality from any sophont. The record preserves the elements of a personality in a digital format. Brainscan technology is commonplace and part of modern medical diagnostic practice. Any AutoDochas the ability to perform a brainscan (it takes about an hour). A recorded personality can be saved as an electronic file. For safekeeping and convenience, the recorded personality file is usually written to a Wafer
A recorded personality can then be replayed into another sophont. This allows the wearer to become, for example, an alien doctor, perform with the same skills and understand the problem from that perspective while still retaining their own personality, training and viewpoint. This temporary overlay can only be into an individual of the same genetic profile. Overlaid personality elements are dominant; original elements are suppressed. But, overlaid personalities cannot (for very long) survive the slight variations in genetic structure encountered in non-donor individuals. The dominate skills and personality elements degrade and are usually gone within one week.
In 1107 Professor C.R. Riket developed the Personality Overlay Unit. While this helped it was limited in that it could not transfer skills and abilities and also caused total personality alteration, blanking the original personality out.
In 1112 Dr. Emil Zinan working with Lancian neuroprocessors and magna-bubble storage systems developed a method of using personality overlays to create cerebral multitasking. By using personality overlays of top medical personnel from a variety of races stored in externally mounted data chips called Rom-constructs, the wearer was able to access the donor’s perceptions and knowledge while being influenced by the donor’s thoughts, emotions and even body movements. By interfacing the Rom-construct through the neuroprocessor additional personalities could exist within the wearer concurrently with the original personality.
While this has resulted in a great deal of original research and innovative work it does have a dangerous side-effect which has prevented its use in more general situations.
Each Rom-construct leaves a residual personality echo in the user which can lead to severe emotional disturbance and even permanent multiple personality disorders (...where an alien personality is possibly dominant).
Portable Cold Capsule
|Portable Cold Capsule|
A Portable Cold Capsule consists of a sarcophagus-shaped plastic cocoon, with airtight fastenings, bloodline, pump, self-guiding, pre-loaded autojector, complete with a mixture of cold sleep drugs, control technology and a power pack, which will keep its inhabitant alive and in cold-sleep for 24 standard months. The portable cold capsule is an emergency device which is technically re-usable but is usually discarded after use. As with a regular cold-sleep chamber, the consumables used in one hibernation and revival cost Cr100.
To use the portable cold capsule, the subject starts the apparatus, climbs into the sarcophagus, sites the bloodline with the autojector and closes the cover over their head. As the subject drifts into cold sleep, the sarcophagus seals and converts from pliant to rigid, cradling the subject in a solid cocoon.
A bio-electronic device, the Sleep Inducer is a small unit which is used to put a person to sleep and wake them up again at set times. To use the device, the user sets the device, places it near their head and lies down to sleep. Depending on the setting the device will put the person to sleep in between five minutes and an hour. The device can be set to wake the user up after between one and ten hours.
18 Medical items
|AutoDoc||Medical||9||3 kl||6,000 kg||MCr0.5|
|Autojector||Medical||8||150 ml||150g||400 Cr|
|Eliminol||Medical||10||0.25 liters||0.25 kg||Cr100|
|Field cast||Medical||9||2 Liters||1 kg||Cr300|
|Instruments, surgical||Medical||7||2 liters||5kg||Cr1,000|
|MediKit||Medical||12||100mm x 20mm||2,000 g||Cr1500|
|Medical Kit||Medical||7||10 liters||10 kg||Cr2,000|
|Medical Scanner||Medical||12||2.0 liters||1.0 kg||Cr25,000|
|Medical Scanner||Medical||12||0.2 liters||0.1 kg||Cr10,500|
|Metabolic Chamber||Medical||13||1 ton||1,000kg||MCr1|
|Neoplasma kit||Medical||12||4 liters||2 kg||Cr700|
|Neural Cut-out||Medical||10||20 cm3||250g||1200 Cr|
|Personality Overlay Unit|
|Portable Cold Capsule||Medical||11||20 liters||9 kg||Cr30,000|
|Sleep Inducer||Medical||10||20 cm3||250g||650 Cr|