Combat & Casualty Care

Q2 2016

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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tacticaldefensemedia.com 22 | Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 C&CC: Please speak to your role as the Director of Combat Casualty Care Research Program and overall mission of the CCCRP. Col. Rasmussen: As Director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program, my role is three-fold: 1. Lead a 20-30 person staff in what is referred to as the planning, programming, budgeting and overseeing the execution of the DoD investment in trauma research topics. This medical research investment is organized to address top-priority "gaps" that exist in all phases of combat casualty care including point of injury, en-route and facility based care. Unlike other models of federally funded medical research, the DoD equity is requirements-driven, or "top-down" and thus requires proactive plans and active management provided by the expert staff in the program. 2. Advise senior military and civilian leadership in the DoD on the priorities and scenarios in military-relevant trauma care. This includes the Commanding General of U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the Director of the Defense Health Agency (DHA), Research, Development & Acquisitions (RDA) Directorate and office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. 3. Be accountable to a range of military and civilian leaders on the progress the research investment is making in delivering solutions to the warfighter including narrowing priority gaps in care. This includes leading formal reviews and analyses, answering congressional taskers on specific CCC research and providing formal and informal briefings on headway being made in delivering knowledge and materiel products that improve survival and recovery from combat-related injury. C&CC: What program(s) are the CCCRP currently working on regarding burn trauma, and specifically, point-of-care for enhanced outcomes? Col. Rasmussen: The CCC Research Program is supporting several important efforts related to burn-related injury; an injury pattern that is recognized to have special relevance to the military. Foremost the program supports the Burn Research Task Area and Burn Center at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Integration of the science and technology efforts at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research with the clinical care being provided at the military's only comprehensive burn center provides great potential for Injury Management Trauma Reduction MANAGING POST-BURN, SUPPORTING REGENERATION C&CC recently had the opportunity to speak with Col. Todd Rasmussen, Director of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP), Ft. Detrick, MD, regarding latest efforts to keep the capabilities pipeline flowing in support of combat medic readiness.

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