A Review of Combat Casualties to Aid Care & Prevention

Research Paper Title Mortality Review of US Special Operations Command Battle-Injured Fatalities. Background Comprehensive analyses of battle-injured fatalities, incorporating a multidisciplinary process with a standardised lexicon, is necessary to elucidate opportunities for improvement (OFIs) to increase survivability. Methods A mortality review was conducted on United States Special Operations Command battle-injured fatalities who died from September… Read More

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Identifying Opportunities for Improvements in Combat Casualty Care & Prevention

Research Paper Title Mortality review of US Special Operations Command battle-injured fatalities. Background Comprehensive analyses of battle-injured fatalities, incorporating a multidisciplinary process with a standardised lexicon, is necessary to elucidate opportunities for improvement (OFIs) to increase survivability. Methods A mortality review was conducted on United States Special Operations Command battle-injured fatalities who died from 11… Read More

Does Isometric Deadlift Peak Force Represent an Important Determinant for the Success of a Simulated Casualty Evacuation Task?

Research Paper Title Simulated Casualty Evacuation Performance Is Augmented by Deadlift Peak Force. Background The purpose of the current study was to examine if isometric peak force and rate of force development (RFD) were related to the ability to successfully perform a simulated casualty evacuation task in both unweighted and weighted conditions. Methods Eighteen male… Read More

Comparing Topical Antimicrobials with Silver-nylon Dressings for Military Burn Casualties

Research Paper Title The Use of a Silver-Nylon Dressing During Evacuation of Military Burn Casualties. Background The military has used silver-nylon dressings as a topical antimicrobial on combat-related burns for the past 15 years. However, their clinical efficacy and associated risks have not been evaluated. Herein, the authors document our experience with the use of… Read More

War Surgery, The First World War & Major L.B. Robertson

Discussion Paper Title The University of Toronto’s lasting contribution to war surgery: how Maj. L. Bruce Robertson fundamentally transformed thinking toward blood transfusion during the First World War. Summary During the Great War, Canadian military surgeons produced some of the greatest innovations to improve survival on the battlefield. Arguably, the most important was bringing blood… Read More

Delivering Deployed Skills Training for Whole Blood Collection by a Special Operations Surgical Team

Research Paper Title Deployed skills training for whole blood collection by a special operations expeditionary surgical team. Background Noncompressible haemorrhage is the leading cause of potentially preventable battlefield death. Combining casualty retrieval from the battlefield and damage control resuscitation (DCR) within the “golden hour” increases survival. However, transfusion requirements may exceed the current blood component… Read More