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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443864/past-and-present-role-of-ecmo-in-combat-casualty-care-how-far-will-we-go
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Jeremy W Cannon, Phillip E Mason, Andriy I Batchinsky
Advanced extracorporeal therapies have been successfully applied in the austere environment of combat casualty care over the previous decade. In this review, we describe the historic underpinnings of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), review the recent experience with both partial and full lung support during combat operations, and critically assess both the current status of the Department of Defense ECMO program and the way forward to establish long-range lung rescue therapy as a routine capability for combat casualty care...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432381/systematic-review-of-prehospital-tourniquet-use-in-civilian-limb-trauma
#2
David S Kauvar, Michael A Dubick, Thomas J Walters, John F Kragh
BACKGROUND: Military enthusiasm for limb tourniquet use in combat casualty care has resulted in acceptance by the trauma community for use in the prehospital care of civilian limb injuries. To date there has been no report synthesizing the published data on civilian tourniquet use. The objective of this systematic review was to compile and analyze the content and quality of published data on the civilian use of tourniquets in limb trauma. METHODS: The MEDLINE database was searched for studies on civilian limb tourniquet use in adults published between 2001 and 2017...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29412051/prehospital-analgesia-for-pediatric-trauma-patients-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
#3
Steven G Schauer, Allyson A Arana, Jason F Naylor, Guyon J Hill, Michael D April
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have evaluated prehospital analgesia during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but were limited to the adult population. However, a significant portion of the casualties of those conflicts were children. We describe the prehospital analgesia administered to wartime pediatric trauma patients. METHODS: We queried the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DODTR) for all pediatric patients (<18 years of age) admitted to United States and Coalition fixed-facility hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan from January 2007 to January 2016...
February 7, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29401335/influence-of-personality-traits-on-the-effective-performance-of-lifesaving-interventions-example-of-the-tourniquet-application-in-forward-combat-casualty-care
#4
Quentin Vuillemin, Pierre-Eric Schwartzbrod, Pierre Pasquier, Florian Sibille, Marion Trousselard, Marie-Hélène Ferrer
Introduction: Health care delivery in military conflicts implies high-stress environments. Hemorrhage is the first cause of survivable death among combat casualties, and tourniquet application is one of the most critical lifesaving interventions on the battlefield. However, previous studies have shown high failure rates in tourniquet application. Our study aimed to assess the correlation between personality traits that may interfere with effective tourniquet application in a simulated extremity hemorrhage...
January 1, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386721/combat-radiology-challenges-and-opportunities
#5
Vivek Sharma, C M Sreedhar, J Debnath
Radiology services in a combat situation are essentially centred on assisting the battle field physicians/surgeons to save/salvage life and limb. Timely and accurate detection of type and mapping of extent of injury can aid in making imaging based triage which can be of immense help to the treating physicians/trauma surgeons. With the availability of rapid assessment (clinical as well as imaging based) and quick transport facility, the focus has gradually been shifting from merely limb-saving to life-saving strategies...
October 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386717/casualty-air-evacuation-sine-quo-non-of-combat-casualty
#6
C K Ranjan, Piush Renjhen
Management of combat casualties has always been a challenging task. Armed Forces world over have developed effective casualty air evacuation mechanisms. The history of casualty evacuation dates back to 1870s. The first evacuation of casualty by air was during the First World War. The paper highlights the background and evolution of air evacuation in the world and discusses the Indian Scenario of casualty air evacuation. The casualty evacuation capabilities of the aircrafts in the Indian Air Force (IAF) are highlighted...
October 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386714/forward-surgical-care-emerging-issues-and-challenges
#7
Bipin Puri
War strategies have been evolving with time and battlefield casualty care services have been trying to keep pace with the changing demands. Technological advances in the field of trauma care have revolutionised the way in which erstwhile 'non-salvageable' lives and limbs are managed with more favourable outcome. The quality of Pre-Hospital Trauma Care Services will largely determine the survival statistics of battle casualties. The surgeon has to acknowledge the various resource constraints imposed upon him in the course of delivery of expert trauma care in the battlefield...
October 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373501/impact-blast-traumatic-brain-injury-implications-for-therapy
#8
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Satoshi Yamamoto, Douglas S DeWitt, Donald S Prough
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most frequent causes of combat casualties in Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Enduring Freedom (OEF), and New Dawn (OND). Although less common than combat-related blast exposure, there have been significant numbers of blast injuries in civilian populations in the United States. Current United States Department of Defense (DoD) ICD-9 derived diagnoses of TBI in the DoD Health Care System show that, for 2016, severe and moderate TBIs accounted for just 0.7% and 12.9%, respectively, of the total of 13,634 brain injuries, while mild TBIs (mTBIs) accounted for 86% of the total...
January 26, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29370054/staff-officers-as-blood-suppliers-effects-of-repeated-donations-and-autologous-reinfusions-of-untransfused-units
#9
Geir Strandenes, Joar Sivertsen, Håkon Eliassen, Hanne Braathen, Tor A Hervig
BACKGROUND: Limited blood inventory and resupply chains in combat settings can result in preventable deaths from traumatic hemorrhage. One way of mitigating this could be to establish donor pools where blood is collected in advance of high-risk missions and then reinfused back to the donor if not needed to treat casualties. METHODS: 450+56 mL blood was collected, rested for 2 hours in room temperature and stored at 4 °C. The blood was reinfused 22-24 hours after donation and the donor observed for adverse reactions...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29370053/a-review-of-the-landscape-challenges-and-gaps-in-trauma-response-to-civilian-high-threat-mass-casualty-incidents
#10
David W Callaway
The ultimate goal of the emergency response and trauma system is to reduce potentially preventable death from trauma. Tremendous advances in trauma care emerged from the past fifteen years of United States' combat engagements around the globe. Unfortunately, combat and insurgency tactics have also metastasized to the civilian world, resulting in increasingly complex and dynamic acts of intentional mass violence. These high threat Active Violent Incidents (AVIs) pose significant preparedness, response and clinical care challenges to the civilian healthcare systems...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29365167/refining-the-trauma-and-injury-severity-score-triss-to-measure-the-performance-of-the-uk-combat-casualty-care-system
#11
Jowan G Penn-Barwell, Jon R B Bishop, Mark J Midwinter
Introduction: The Trauma and Injury Severity Score (TRISS) methodology is used in both the UK and US Military trauma registries. The method relies on dividing casualties according to mechanism, penetrating or blunt, and uses different weighting coefficients accordingly. The UK Military Joint Theatre Trauma Registry uses the original coefficients devised in 1987, whereas the US military registry uses updated civilian coefficients, but it is not clear how either registry analyzes explosive casualties according to the TRISS methodology...
January 22, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334570/the-effect-of-prehospital-transport-time-injury-severity-and-blood-transfusion-on-survival-of-us-military-casualties-in-iraq
#12
Russ S Kotwal, Laura L F Scott, Jud C Janak, Bruce W Tarpey, Jeffrey T Howard, Edward L Mazuchowski, Frank K Butler, Stacy A Shackelford, Jennifer M Gurney, Zsolt T Stockinger
BACKGROUND: Reducing time from injury to care can optimize trauma patient outcomes. A previous study of prehospital transport of US military casualties during the Afghanistan conflict demonstrated the importance of time and treatment capability for combat casualty survival. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive analysis was conducted to analyze battlefield data collected on US military combat casualties during the Iraq conflict from March 19, 2003 to August 31, 2010...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307034/emergency-department-imaging-of-pediatric-trauma-patients-during-combat-operations-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
#13
Jason F Naylor, Michael D April, Jamie L Roper, Guyon J Hill, Paul Clark, Steven G Schauer
BACKGROUND: Military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan treated children with traumatic injuries during the recent conflicts. Diagnostic imaging is an integral component of trauma management; however, few published data exist on its use in the wartime pediatric population. OBJECTIVE: The authors describe the emergency department (ED) utilization of radiology resources for pediatric trauma patients in Iraq and Afghanistan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We queried the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DODTR) for all pediatric patients admitted to military fixed-facility hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan from January 2007 to January 2016...
January 6, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261592/whole-blood-and-hextend-bookends-of-modern-tactical-combat-casualty-care-field-resuscitation-and-starting-point-for-multi-functional-resuscitation-fluid-development
#14
Forest R Sheppard, Thomas A Mitchell, Antoni R Macko, Darren M Fryer, Leasha J Schaub, Kassandra M Ozuna, Jacob J Glaser
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death in traumatically injured civilian and military populations. Pre-hospital resuscitation largely relies on crystalloid and colloid intra-vascular expansion, as whole blood and component blood therapy are logistically arduous. In this experiment, we evaluated the bookends of Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines recommendations of pre-hospital resuscitation with Hextend and whole blood in a controlled hemorrhagic shock model within non-human primates, as means of a multi-functional resuscitative fluid development...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214626/a-descriptive-analysis-of-data-from-the-department-of-defense-joint-trauma-system-prehospital-trauma-registry
#15
Stephen G Schauer, Michael D April, Jason F Naylor, Joshua J Oliver, Cord W Cunningham, Andrew D Fisher, Russ S Kotwal
The active battlefield is an environment of chaos and confusion. Depending on the scale of combat, the chaos and confusion often extend into the prehospital combat setting with multiple personnel and units involved in the chain of care of casualties. The chaos of the prehospital combat setting has led to limitations in the availability of data for performance improvement and research. The Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Trauma System (JTS) Prehospital Trauma Registry (PHTR) was developed in conjunction with the updated Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) card and a TCCC after action report (AAR), and currently serves as the prehospital repository and module of the DoD Trauma Registry (DoDTR)...
October 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188917/-implementation-of-the-hartford-consensus-and-tactical-combat-casualty-care-recommendations-in-emergency-services-a-review-of-the-literature
#16
REVIEW
Carmen Usero-Pérez, Valentín González Alonso, Luis Orbañanos Peiro, José Manuel Gómez Crespo, Sheima Hossain López
Recent terrorist attacks involving active shooters or improvised explosive devices have shown that traditionally sequenced emergency management leads to delays in attending victims and suboptimal outcomes. Tactical medicine, a new concept in prehospital care, emerged from experience attending the wounded in combat zones, where the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) recommendations are applied. TCCC targets 3 main causes of preventable death in combat: bleeding from extremities, tension pneumothorax, and airway obstruction...
2017: Emergencias: revista de la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Emergencias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151231/sleep-medicine-is-coming-of-age-in-military-medicine-report-from-the-military-health-system-research-symposium-2017-in-kissimmee-florida
#17
Arn H Eliasson, Christopher Lettieri, Nikolaus Netzer
In August 2017, the US Military Health System held its sixth annual Research Symposium for medical researchers from the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Public Health Service. The symposium provides a collaborative environment for academia, industry, and military researchers who address advancement in areas of Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, and Military Infectious Diseases. This year, Sleep Medicine received substantial attention with presentations scattered throughout the program, poster presentations as well as a scheduled breakout session with podium presentations...
November 18, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097176/how-shall-we-transfuse-hippolyta
#18
Brendan C Graham, Lindsey J Graham, Carl H Rose, Jeffrey L Winters
The US Department of Defense recently made the decision to open direct ground combat roles to women. Blood product transfusion is an essential component of the US Military guidelines for tactical combat casualty care and damage control resuscitation, but blood transfusion carries with it the specific side effect of alloimmunization-a uniquely significant side effect for young women who may desire subsequent pregnancies. Presently to be considered are the changes that may need to be made to blood transfusion in the setting of battlefield medicine to optimally care for combat-injured women, as a majority of the existing data regarding the risks of transfusion in the trauma setting involve predominantly men...
October 31, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077240/training-and-assessing-critical-airway-breathing-and-hemorrhage-control-procedures-for-trauma-care-live-tissue-versus-synthetic-models
#19
Danielle Hart, Robert Rush, Gregory Rule, Joseph Clinton, Gregory Beilman, Shilo Anders, Rachel Brown, Mary Ann McNeil, Troy Reihsen, Jeffrey Chipman, Robert Sweet
INTRODUCTION: Optimal teaching and assessment methods and models for emergency airway, breathing, and hemorrhage interventions are not currently known. The University of Minnesota Combat Casualty Training consortium (UMN CCTC) was formed to explore the strengths and weaknesses of synthetic training models (STMs) versus live tissue (LT) models. In this study, we compare the effectiveness of best in class STMs versus an anesthetized caprine (goat) model for training and assessing seven procedures: junctional hemorrhage control, tourniquet (TQ) placement, chest seal, needle thoracostomy (NCD), nasopharyngeal airway (NPA), tube thoracostomy, and cricothyrotomy (Cric)...
October 27, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067429/association-of-prehospital-blood-product-transfusion-during-medical-evacuation-of-combat-casualties-in-afghanistan-with-acute-and-30-day-survival
#20
Stacy A Shackelford, Deborah J Del Junco, Nicole Powell-Dunford, Edward L Mazuchowski, Jeffrey T Howard, Russ S Kotwal, Jennifer Gurney, Frank K Butler, Kirby Gross, Zsolt T Stockinger
Importance: Prehospital blood product transfusion in trauma care remains controversial due to poor-quality evidence and cost. Sequential expansion of blood transfusion capability after 2012 to deployed military medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) units enabled a concurrent cohort study to focus on the timing as well as the location of the initial transfusion. Objective: To examine the association of prehospital transfusion and time to initial transfusion with injury survival...
October 24, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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