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Military tourniquets

Christine A DeForest, Virginia Blackman, John E Alex, Lauren Reeves, Alejandra Mora, Crystal Perez, Joseph Maddry, Domenique Selby, Benjamin Walrath
Introduction: Military prehospital and en route care (ERC) directly impacts patient morbidity and mortality. Provider knowledge and skills are critical variables in the effectiveness of ERC. No Navy doctrine defines provider choice for patient transport or requires standardized provider training. Frequently, Search and Rescue Medical Technicians (SMTs) and Navy Nurses (ERC RNs) are tasked with this mission though physicians have also been used. Navy ERC provider training varies greatly by professional role...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Guyon J Hill, Jason F Naylor, Matthew A Borgman, Robert A De Lorenzo
BACKGROUND: United States (US) and coalition military medical units deployed to combat zones frequently encounter pediatric trauma patients. Pediatric patients may present unique challenges due to their anatomical and physiological characteristics and most military prehospital providers lack pediatric-specific training. A minimal amount of data exists to illuminate the prehospital care of pediatric patients in this environment. We describe the prehospital care of pediatric trauma patients in Iraq and Afghanistan...
March 1, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Amanda Staudt, Jennifer Gurney, Krystal Valdez-Delgado, Mithun Suresh, Jennifer Trevino, Tuan Le, Jason Seery, Stacy Shackelford, Shawn Nessen, Elizabeth Mann-Salinas
BACKGROUND: Understanding patients' length of stay at far-forward Role 2 surgical units may help to determine support needs, stabilization requirements, pre-deployment training, and necessity of increased care capability prior to or during transport to a higher level of care. The objectives of this study were to 1) evaluate the amount of time patients spent at Role 2 and 2) determine factors associated with trauma patients' length of stay at Role 2. METHODS: We conducted a secondary data analysis of the Joint Trauma System Role 2 Database...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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
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
Elliot M Ross, Julian G Mapp, Theodore T Redman, Derek J Brown, Chetan U Kharod, David A Wampler
BACKGROUND: The "Stop the Bleed" campaign in the United States advocates for nonmedical personnel to be trained in basic hemorrhage control and that "bleeding control kits" be available in high-risk areas. However, it is not clear which tourniquets are most effective in the hands of laypersons. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this pilot study was to determine which tourniquet type was the most intuitive for a layperson to apply correctly. METHODS: This project is a randomized study derived from a "Stop the Bleed" education initiative conducted between September 2016 and March 2017...
March 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
DaShawn A Hickman, Christa L Pawlowski, Ujjal D S Sekhon, Joyann Marks, Anirban Sen Gupta
Bleeding complications arising from trauma, surgery, and as congenital, disease-associated, or drug-induced blood disorders can cause significant morbidities and mortalities in civilian and military populations. Therefore, stoppage of bleeding (hemostasis) is of paramount clinical significance in prophylactic, surgical, and emergency scenarios. For externally accessible injuries, a variety of natural and synthetic biomaterials have undergone robust research, leading to hemostatic technologies including glues, bandages, tamponades, tourniquets, dressings, and procoagulant powders...
January 2018: Advanced Materials
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
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
Anders J Davidson, Rachel M Russo, Sarah-Ashley E Ferencz, John Kevin Grayson, Timothy K Williams, Joseph M Galante, Lucas P Neff
INTRODUCTION: A reproducible, lethal noncompressible torso hemorrhage model is important to civilian and military trauma research. Current large animal models balancing clinical applicability with standardization and internal validity. As such, large animal models of trauma vary widely in the surgical literature, limiting comparisons. Our aim was to create and validate a porcine model of uncontrolled hemorrhage that maximizes reproducibility and standardization. METHODS: Seven Yorkshire-cross swine were anesthetized, instrumented, and splenectomized...
October 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
David V Feliciano
There has been an evolution in the diagnosis and management of vascular trauma over the past 100 years. The primary stimulus to these changes has been the increased volume of patients with cervical, truncal, and peripheral vascular injuries during military conflicts and in civilian life. Patients with "hard" signs of a vascular injury are taken to surgery emergently with a few exceptions to be described. In contrast, patients with "soft" signs of a vascular injury undergo a careful physical examination including measurement of vascular index to determine if radiologic imaging is necessary...
December 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Shane Smith, Melissa Devine, Joseph Taddeo, Vivian Charles McAlister
OBJECTIVE: To describe pattern 1 injuries caused by the antipersonnel improvised explosive device (AP-IED) in comparison to those previously described for antipersonnel mines (APM). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of 100 consecutive pedestrian victims of an AP-IED, with traumatic amputation without regard for gender, nationality or military status. SETTING: Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred consecutive patients, all male, 6-44 years old...
August 7, 2017: BMJ Open
Alastair Beaven, Rob Briard, Mark Ballard, Paul Parker
BACKGROUND: Limb tourniquets have been used extensively during modern Middle Eastern conflicts. Despite its undeniable successes, the combat applied tourniquet (C-A-T) has some shortfalls, principally its inability to reliably control lower limb bleeding when applied to the mid-thigh. We tested two tourniquets which may represent an improvement to the combat applied tourniquet; the tactical mechanical tourniquet and the tactical pneumatic tourniquet. METHODS: We recruited 12 healthy service personnel and applied the tactical mechanical tourniquet and tactical pneumatic tourniquet to both lower limbs in a randomly generated sequence...
July 2017: Military Medicine
Morgan R Barron, John P Kuckelman, John M McClellan, Michael J Derickson, Cody J Phillips, Shannon T Marko, Joshua P Smith, Matthew J Eckert, Matthew J Martin
BACKGROUND: Over the past decade, there has been a resurgence of tourniquet use in civilian and military settings. Several key challenges include assessment of limb perfusion and adequacy of tourniquet placement, particularly in the austere or prehospital environments. We investigated the utility of thermal imaging to assess adequacy of tourniquet placement. METHODS: The FLIR ONE smartphone-based thermal imager was utilized. Ten swine underwent tourniquet placement with no associated hemorrhage (n = 5) or with 40% hemorrhage (n = 5)...
December 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
David W Callaway, Andrew Puciaty, Josh Robertson, Tony Hannon, Sarah E Fabiano
Hemorrhage is the leading preventable cause of death in civilian and military trauma. Recent data from the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan suggest that early and aggressive tourniquet utilization is a safe and effective way to dramatically reduce mortality from extremity hemorrhage. As a result, prehospital tourniquet use is now endorsed by a majority of professional emergency medicine, emergency medical service and trauma professional societies. However, there currently exists scant evidence supporting the efficacy of commercially available tourniquets in controlling extremity hemorrhage in pediatric trauma patients...
November 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
John F Kragh, Michael A Dubick
The purpose of this review is to summarize tourniquet science for possible translation to wilderness settings. Much combat casualty data has been studied since 2005, and use of tourniquets in the military has changed from a last resort to first aid. The US Government has made use of tourniquets a health policy aimed to improve public access to bleeding control items. International authorities believe that education in first aid should be universal, as all can and should learn first aid. The safety record of tourniquet use is mixed, but users are reliably safe if trained well...
June 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Ronald Chang, Brian J Eastridge, John B Holcomb
Hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable military and civilian trauma death. Damage control resuscitation with concomitant mechanical hemorrhage control has become the preferred in-hospital treatment of hemorrhagic shock. In particular, plasma-based resuscitation with decreased volumes of crystalloids and artificial colloids as part of damage control resuscitation has improved outcomes in the military and civilian sectors. However, translation of these principles and techniques to the prehospital, remote, and austere environments, known as remote damage control resuscitation, is challenging given the resource limitations in these settings...
June 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Frank K Butler
BACKGROUND: Twenty years ago, the original Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) article was published in this journal. Since TCCC is essentially a set of bestpractice prehospital trauma care guidelines customized for use on the battlefield, the presence of a journal with a specific focus on military medicine was a profound benefit to the initial presentation of TCCC to the US Military. METHODS: In the two ensuing decades, which included the longest continuous period of armed conflict in our nation's history, TCCC steadily evolved as the prehospital trauma care evidence base was augmented and as feedback from user medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen was obtained...
December 0: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Russ S Kotwal, Frank K Butler
During historic, as well as more recent, conflicts, most combat casualties who die from their injuries do so in the prehospital setting. Although many of the injuries incurred by these casualties are nonsurvivable, a number of injuries are still potentially survivable. Of those injuries that are potentially survivable, the majority are truncal, junctional, and extremity hemorrhage. Novel and effective approaches directed toward prehospital hemorrhage control have emerged in recent years, some of which can prove useful in the management of junctional hemorrhage whether in a military or civilian setting...
June 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Jacob Chen, Avi Benov, Roy Nadler, Daniel N Darlington, Andrew P Cap, Ari M Lipsky, Elon Glassberg
BACKGROUND: Data regarding the effect of prehospital blood administration to trauma patients during short-to-moderate time evacuations is scarce. The Israel Air Force Airborne Combat Search and Rescue is the only organization that deals with aeromedical evacuation for both military and civilian casualties in Israel and the only one with the ability to give blood in the prehospital setting. METHODS: Data on packed red blood cells (PRBCs) administration in the evacuation missions from January 2003 to June 2010 were analyzed and actual transfusion practice was compared to clinical practice guidelines (CPGs)...
March 2017: Military Medicine
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