The Management of Traumatic Injuries in Military & Austere Environments

Research Paper Title Emergency First Responder Management of Combat Injuries to the Torso in the Military, Remote and Austere Settings. Background Traumatic injuries to the torso account for almost a quarter of all injuries seen in combat and are typically secondary to blast or gunshot wounds. Injuries due to road traffic collisions or violence are… Read More

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Do Injury Severity Scores Represent Combat Injury?

Research Paper Title All Trauma Is Not Created Equal: Redefining Severe Trauma for Combat Injuries. Background Injury severity scores (ISS) and shock index (SI) are popular trauma scoring systems. Methods The researchers assessed ISS and SI in combat trauma to determine the optimal cut-off values for mortality and trauma outcomes. Retrospective analysis of the Department… Read More

The Management of Blast Injury of the Hands related to Warfare Explosive Devices

Research Paper Title Blast injury of the hand related to warfare explosive devices: experience from the French Military Health Service. Background The objective was to report on the experience of the French Army Health Service in the management of blast injury of the hands related to warfare explosive devices. Methods A retrospective study was conducted… Read More

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

Combat Injury & Injury Severity Scores

Research Paper Title All trauma is not created equal: Redefining severe trauma for combat injuries. Background Injury severity scores (ISS) and shock index (SI) are popular trauma scoring systems. Methods The researchers assessed ISS and SI in combat trauma to determine the optimal cut-off values for mortality and trauma outcomes. Retrospective analysis of the Department… Read More

Intracranial Volume & Casualties of Combat-related mTBI & PTSD

Research Paper Title Brain Amygdala Volume Increases in Veterans and Active-Duty Military Personnel With Combat-Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Background To identify amygdalar volumetric differences associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in individuals with comorbid mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) compared with those with mTBI-only and to examine the effects of… Read More

Military Trauma Patients: Thromboelastometry & Coagulopathy

Research Paper Title A prospective evaluation of thromboelastometry (ROTEM) to identify acute traumatic coagulopathy and predict massive transfusion in military trauma patients in Afghanistan. Background Hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable trauma-related mortality and is frequently aggravated by acute traumatic coagulopathy (ATC). Viscoelastic tests such as rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM) may improve identification and management… Read More