Integration of Expeditionary Surgical and Resuscitation Teams for Special Operations Forces

Research Paper Title

Special Operations Force Risk Reduction: Integration of Expeditionary Surgical and Resuscitation Teams.

Abstract

Haemorrhage in the pre-surgical setting has been the most significant cause of death on the battlefield.

Damage control surgery (DCS) near the point of injury (POI) is not a new concept, but having conventional medical teams supporting Special Operations Forces (SOF) beyond robust military medical infrastructure is unique for the US military.

The Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical Team (ERST) was formed by the US Army Medical Command as a pilot team to fulfill a request for forces to provide DCS and personnel recovery near POI.

Reference

Satterly, S., McGrane, O., Frawley, T., Bynum, W., Martin, J., Clegg, C., Pearsall, N., Reilly, S., Verwiebe, E. & Eckert, M. (2018) Special Operations Force Risk Reduction: Integration of Expeditionary Surgical and Resuscitation Teams. Journal of Special Operations Medicine. Summer 2018. 18(2), pp.49-52.

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