Into the Theater of Operations: Hyperbaric Oxygen on the Move
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX DAVIS HYPERBARIC LAB
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Hyperbaric support for mass casualty injuries resulting from military operations or catastrophic events i.e., earthquakes, toinadoes, etc. presently relies upon host country, or at best, local hospital facilities for admimstration of this therapeutic modality. To get HBO as close to the point of wounding as tactically possible, thus advancing our wartime readiness mission, and addressing the Joint Health Service Support Plan Vision 2010, easily transportable HBO systems were sought to support deployed aeromedical evacuation operations from remote theaters of operation. The Emergency Evacuation Hyperbaric Stretcher EEHS system provides a ready means of quickly initiating treatment at the incident site and transporting the casualty under pressure to a rear-echelon treatment facility, reducing the risks of peimanent injury to warfighters suffering from conditions benefited by treatment with hyperbaric oxygen.
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