Accession Number:

AD1103232

Title:

Limb Salvage and Recovery After Blast Related Injury: Proceedings and Expert Findings from a U.S. Department of Defense International State-of-the-Science Meeting

Descriptive Note:

Conference Proceedings,05 Mar 2019,07 Mar 2019

Corporate Author:

RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA SANTA MONICA United States

Report Date:

2020-07-07

Pagination or Media Count:

76.0

Abstract:

During the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, there have been changes in the mechanism, severity, and complexity of injuries from improvised explosive devices IEDschanges that have resulted in a higher incidence of combat-related traumatic injuries. Battlefield medical advances and improvements in protective equipment have resulted in a greater proportion of blast-exposed service members surviving their severe injuries, and progress in surgical reconstruction and rehabilitation has resulted in an increased medical capacity to salvage limbs, despite the severe injuries. Collectively, these developments have led to important questions about when to emphasize limb salvage over other treatment optionsmost notably, amputationfor individuals with severe blast-related limb injuries. The theme of the Eighth Department of Defense International State-of-the-Science Meeting SoSM on Blast Injury Research was Limb Salvage and Recovery After Blast-Related Injury and was intended to help address these questions.

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE