Accession Number : ADA554097


Title :   The United States Army Medical Department Journal, April - June 2011. Prehospital combat casualty care; The starting point of battlefield survival


Descriptive Note : Journal


Corporate Author : ARMY MEDICAL DEPT CENTER AND SCHOOL FORT SAM HOUSTON TX


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a554097.pdf


Report Date : Apr 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 104


Abstract : The historical foundation for the existence of military medicine is management of trauma injuries incurred by Warfighters in combat. When reduced to its essence, that trauma care starts with the combat medic, who must call upon all of the training, skills, and equipment that we have given him/her to keep wounded Soldiers alive until they are in the hands of our superbly capable surgeons. Those combat medics are the core of prehospital care on the battlefield, that absolutely crucial phase of combat trauma care that can determine the outcome of the casualty s journey through the medical care system. The survival of that combat casualty is the primary reason for our existence, and the combat medic is the starting point to make that happen. We in the AMEDD live and work in the real world. Every day presents new, right now crises and challenges clamoring for our time and attention. In the bedlam of so many complications and diversions, so many requirements pulling from all directions, and so many demands for instant responses, it is sometimes difficult to keep our collective concentration directed towards the ultimate responsibility. COL L. Blackbourne, Commander of the US Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR), and his team have assembled this very important issue of the Journal to refocus on prehospital care of combat trauma. Drawing on the considerable resources of the ISR s professional staff and their counterparts in research and the practice of trauma care from across the country, this impressive collection of articles explores a broad spectrum of topics dealing with the current and future states of prehospital combat trauma care. The articles cover the gamut, including research in medications, techniques, and tools; data requirements, management, and value; and the qualifications and training of our frontline medical professionals. Readers may find some of the content a bit controversial, perhaps even provocative, but the Army is a learning organization.


Descriptors :   *BATTLEFIELDS , *CASUALTIES , *EMERGENCY MEDICINE , ARMY PERSONNEL , ARMY RESEARCH , ARMY TRAINING , DATA ACQUISITION , FIELD CONDITIONS , MILITARY MEDICINE , MONITORING , PERIODICALS , SURVIVAL(PERSONNEL) , THERAPY , TRAUMA , TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES , WOUNDS AND INJURIES


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Weapons Effects(biological)


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE