Accession Number:

ADA053789

Title:

The Medical Assessment of a New Soft Body Armor

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. Dec 75-Dec 76

Corporate Author:

ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD CHEMICAL SYSTEMS LAB

Report Date:

1978-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

The development of a new lightweight soft body armor appears to lower the morbidity and mortality from certain ballistic threats. Impulse -type blunt injuries have been produced in laboratory animals. The severity of underlying injury if any did not correlate with the seemingly innocent skin lesion seen behind the armor. Therefore, in the case of impact on a soft body armor, it is recommended that 1 All victims of assault should be hospitalized for observation in spite of an apparent state of good health and a minimal skin lesion 2 Strikes to the chest should be monitored with serial chest X-rays 3 Strikes to the precordial region require cardiac monitoring and serial ECGs and enzyme determinations and 4 Strikes to the abdomen require frequent examination for signs of peritoneal irritation. Impacts over the liver should be viewed with great suspicion of underlying hepatic injury. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Ballistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE