Military Anti-Shock Trouser
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL
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The US Armys Aeromedical Research Laboratory at Fort Rucker, Alabama, has produced an anti-shock garment of novel design which is extremely fast and easy to apply, fits nearly all size and body configurations, and is extremely effective. It has been evaluated by City of Miami Fire Rescue in a series of trauma cases involving lower extremity, pelvis, and abdomen. It results in prompt return of vital signs in the patient where neither pulse nor blood pressure were obtainable. The time of application and return of vital signs has been less than three minutes in all cases. Although intravenous fluids also were started, the amount administered was less than 100 cc in each case cited. The device enables some degree of autotransfusion from each lower extremity, while at the same time limiting the circulation to the lower half of the body. Its effect in states of cardiac arrest remains to be defined. By its shunting action, it might be extremely beneficial by diverting marginal cardiac output to the upper body and brain. The device is described and cases regarding its use are presented.
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