Bridging the Gap between In- and Out-of-Hospital Care: the Role and Limitations of Technology
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Our system of trauma care in the military is compartmentalized, with various roles of care linked together by transport teams. The gap between in- and out-of-hospital care occurs because we train separately, we communicate only briefly at the time of handoff, and the pre-hospital providers rarely receive follow up on their care. In order to bridge the gap, we must work together through improved communication, training, and data collection to define specific components of advanced trauma care that can be moved closer to the point of injury. -Even successful interventions available on the battlefield today need improvement. Technology needs to be integrated with medical and tactical training. We must develop the science of training. The best medicine on the battlefield is firepower. The medical response must occur within the framework of the tactical mission.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Military Forces and Organizations