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Are U.S. Soldiers Dying From Survivable Wounds?

April 29, 2015

In a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, the pace at which modern combat casualty care is advancing was called into question. In a 2012 study by Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the study concluded that conventional forces may experience increased casualties and preventable deaths as compared to special forces. The Army Rangers special forces adopted The Emergency Bandage by PerSys Medical in 2001, becoming the standard for care in 2002.

Nearly a quarter of Americans killed in action over 10 years—almost 1,000 men and women—died of wounds they could potentially have survived. In nine out of 10 cases, troops bled to death from wounds that might have been stanched. In 8%, soldiers succumbed to airway damage that better care might have controlled. “Obviously one death or one bad outcome is too many, but there are a lot of them,” said one of the researchers, John Holcomb, a former commander of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.

Indeed, a new internal report concluded that the military still hasn’t fully adopted battlefield aid techniques that could have kept many wounded men alive in Afghanistan. Some of those techniques have been used to great effect—often with little extra cost—by elite commando units, such as the Army Rangers, for more than a decade, say active-duty and retired military trauma specialists.

Wall Street Journal: Are U.S. Soldiers Dying From Survivable Wounds?

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