What is Tactical Damage Control Resuscitation (TDCR)?

Research Paper Title Tactical Damage Control Resuscitation. Abstract Recently the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care changed the guidelines on fluid use in haemorrhagic shock. The current strategy for treating haemorrhagic shock is based on early use of components: Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBCs); Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP); and Platelets in a 1:1:1 ratio. The… Read More

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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

Combatants & Infection

“In several nineteenth-century battles, about 5 percent of the combatants contracted tetanus infections; of those, about 80 percent died. Approximately 5 percent of the wounded combatants in ancient wars contracted gangrene, another infection caused by bacteria in soil. Washing of the wound could reduce the incidence, and amputation might save an infected limb, but if the… Read More

The Roman Military Medical Service

“The Roman military had a medical system that was extraordinary for the ancient world. It was based on the teachings of Greek medicine and emphasized both prevention – maintenance of conditions for good public health – and healing of battle-wounded soldiers. A nutritious diet, a carefully monitored water supply, and strict rules about sanitation helped… Read More

Deaths on the Battlefield

“As happens in many battles, the losers and winners differed not only in the proportions of men killed and wounded but also in the types of wounds suffered and, especially, in the ways they died. In ancient battles for which detailed historical documentary is available, usually fewer than 5 percent of the soldiers on the victorious… Read More

Analysing Major Deployment-related Amputations of Lower & Upper Limbs for Active & Reserve Components of the US Armed Forces (2001-2017)

Research Paper Title Major deployment-related amputations of lower and upper limbs, active and reserve components, U.S. Armed Forces, 2001-2017. Abstract Major amputations of the lower and upper limbs are among the most life-altering and debilitating combat injuries. From 01 January 2001 through 31 October 2017, a total of 1,705 service members sustained major deployment-related lower… Read More

The German Army Medical Service in the Great War

Research Paper Title Organization of the German Army Medical Service 1914-1918 and the role of academic surgeons. Abstract The First World War, mankind’s first high-technology conflict, resulted in unprecedented mass mortality. Medical services were confronted with overwhelming challenges in treating casualties from mobile warfare, trench warfare, battles on different fronts and infectious diseases. In this… Read More