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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Page 24 of 39 Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 | 23 Injury Management Trauma Reduction meaningful translational research. Priorities in this military lab include identifying new and more effective ways to manage the burn wound, including when and how best to remove burned tissue and provide subsequent body coverage with new skin and skin-like substitutes. Burn research at the also includes examining advanced ways to replace lost blood volume in and around the time of burn surgery also referred to as excision and grafting. Finding optimal ways to replace a patient's circulating blood volume during and around the time of the burn or subsequent burn operations is also referred to as burn resuscitation and new automated, computer-driven technologies have been developed through military trauma research which inform and support care providers in their decisions on the types and amounts of f luids to administer during this crucial phase of combat casualty care. Referred to as "burn resuscitation decision support software", the technologies can optimize a burn- injured patient's circulating volume and prevent the occurrence of organ dysfunction or failure. Single and multi-organ support technologies are also being studied and developed within the CCCRP's burn resuscitation portfolio. These technologies consist of extra-corporeal or "outside the body" machines which, when connected as a circuit to the patients circulating blood volume act as artificial organs while the patient's own organs recover from their initial injury. Thus far extra-corporeal organ support technologies exist for replacing kidney and lung function and research efforts Medics load a mock casualty on a UH-60 Black Hawk medevac helicopter during a training exercise. (U.S. Army)

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