The U.S. Army has a new app that can help soldiers plan around the debilitating effects of mountain sickness. The Altitude Readiness Management System (ARMS) is an Android-based app that can predict how likely Soldiers are to experience mountain sickness and reduced physical performance at different altitudes and helps to minimize these problems. Commanders can use the three modules in ARMS to mitigate altitude illness, reduce physical performance decrements and plan altitude acclimatization. ARMS also estimates whether the altitude sickness is mild, moderate or severe. Also, mission planners can plug in simple numbers to find out how many Soldiers are likely to get sick, the severity of their sickness, and the increased amount of time to perform physical tasks at a variety of altitudes.
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