Comparing Surgical Cricothyrotomy Techniques by US Army Combat Medics using a Synthetic Cadaver Model

Research Paper Title A randomized cross-over study comparing surgical cricothyrotomy techniques by combat medics using a synthetic cadaver model. Background Cricothyrotomy is a complex procedure with a high rate of complications including failure to cannulate and injury to adjacent anatomy. The Control-Cric™ System and QuickTrach II™ represent two novel devices designed to optimise success and… Read More

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Resilience: Understanding the Drivers for Combat Medics

Research Paper Title Narrative approach in understanding the drivers for resilience of military combat medics. Background Qualitative insights may demonstrate how combat medics (CM) deal with stressors and identify how resilience can potentially develop. Yet, qualitative research is scant in comparison to the many quantitative studies of health outcomes associated with military service. Methods Semi-structured… Read More

Can Military Occupation Inform the Understanding of Suicide Attempt Risk among Soldiers?

Research Paper Title Suicide attempts in U.S. Army combat arms, special forces and combat medics. Background The US Army suicide attempt rate increased sharply during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Risk may vary according to occupation, which significantly influences the stressors that soldiers experience. Methods Using administrative data from the Army Study to Assess… Read More

EMT Certification & US Military Medical Technicians

Research Paper Title An Assessment of National EMT Certification Among Enlisted Military Medics. Background Navy Hospital Corpsmen (HMs) are the Navy equivalent to Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) both in-garrison and on the battlefield. In 2000, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education Agenda for the Future highlighted the need for a single certification agency to provide… Read More

Outcomes of Emergency Department Wounds Managed by Combat Medics

Research Paper Title Emergency Department Wounds Managed by Combat Medics: A Case Series. Background Combat medics are an integral part of their unit helping to conserve the fighting strength. Minor wounds are a common problem in the deployed settings that affect a soldier’s ability to partake in operations. While the medics often manage wound care,… Read More