Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Transported by Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATT): The Influence of Altitude and Oxygenation During Transport
59MDW San Antonio United States
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In the course of the Global War on Terror, the high prevalence of traumatic brain injury TBI has led to an intense focus on the effects of transport out of the combat zone on the injured. Survivability of previously devastating injuries has been increased by bringing highly trained US Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams CCATT in theater to evacuate the warfighters. However, the long-term effects of TBI can significantly impact the injured warfighters quality of life. Management of TBI patients focuses on minimizing secondary cerebral insults, to include the prevention of hypoxia and hypotension. Aeromedical evacuation brings into question multiple variables, such as altitude and oxygenation levels, and their effects on TBI patient outcomes.
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