Deployed Assessment & Management of mTBI Casualties

Research Paper Title

Deployed Assessment and Management of mTBI Casualties.


The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have placed a spotlight on screening, evaluation, and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as concussion. The author presents a mass casualty case in which a Ranger company medical section assessed and managed 30 Service members (SM) diagnosed with concussion. Through the process of treating these Service members, a consolidated checklist was created based on existing Department of Defense, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), and United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) guidelines. During this and subsequent clinical encounters, utilisation of this checklist resulted in efficient identification of concussed personnel, appropriate treatment, and documentation.


Garfin, B. (2013) Deployed Assessment and Management of mTBI Casualties. Journal of Special Operations Medicine. 13(3), pp.51-55.


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