Casualty Data Assessment Team Operation Desert Storm
LETTERMAN ARMY INST OF RESEARCH PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO CA
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On February 28, 1991 the Combat Data Assessment Team CDAT from the US Army Medical Research and Development Command arrived in Frankfort, Germany. Their mission was to interview and to review the medical records of casualties who had been evacuated from Southwest Asia in Operation Desert Storm. The team interviewed 204 wounded soldiers and reviewed all available records. However, the team was located too far to the rear to obtain detailed information, and the information which was not collected is irretrievable. Through interviews with the wounded soldiers, the researchers acquired information that can help provide better medical care in future conflicts. Combat Lifesavers provided initial treatment to 13 of the wounded, and in some cases they were the only treatment which was available for approximately one hour until combat medics arrived this program should continue. More than two-thirds of the injuries were orthopaedic research on traumatic orthopaedic injuries should be emphasized. Kevlar vests and helmets performed as they were designed the command should emphasize wearing this protective gear.
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