Wound management, evacuationkey in treating battlefield injuries

By Peter Pollack

During the second Extremity War Injuries symposium, combat physicians shared techniques in transporting patients from war zones to the United States

Approximately 70 percent of all traumatic combat wounds in Afghanistan and Iraq involve orthopaedic injury to the extremities, which present significant challenges for transporting these patients from overseas battlefields to definitive care in the United States. As military surgeons improvise and refine effective treatments, the lessons they’ve learned can be helpful for civilian—particularly rural—healthcare providers who may also have to transport severely wounded patients long distances.

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