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 29 of 39 28 | Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2016 By Lt. Gen. (Dr.) (Ret) Paul K Carlton (Surgeon Gen, USAF Ret.), Gen (Ret) Will Fraser (TRANSCOM Commander, USA Ret.), Craig Manifold, DO, EMS Physician, Col (Dr.) (Ret) James (Chris) Henderson (Aeromed Physician, USAF Ret.) M ovement of patients over long distance is a core competency of the military. Recent wars in the middle east and missions undertaken around the globe have demonstrated performance excellence through unmatched decreases in morbidity and mortality. Equipment modernization and development of small rapid deployable teams such as the mobile field surgical team (MFST) and the critical care aeromedical team (CCAT) have been recent program enhancements to improve medical care provided during the medical evacuation chain. Current and future conf licts are likely to involve increased transport distances, limited remote access, and fewer preplanned/prepositioned resources. This "tyranny of distance" will require new strategies to mitigate the obstacles our medical planners and caregivers will face. Increased transport distances of 10,000 miles or greater, critically ill or injured patients with devastating injury patterns, and transport stressors during immediate or delayed MedEvac Spotlight Evolution in Mobile Care TYRANNY OF DISTANCE AND ENROUTE CARE The evolution of medical evacuation requires continued change to meet the challenges of increasing distance and duration of fight. KAMS roll on/roll off module loads in 1 hour or less, allowing multi mission tasking of the aircraft. Systems are independent, only requiring power from the aircraft. Modules can be operated in air, land and sea. (KAMS)

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