Combat & Casualty Care

Q4 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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COMMANDER'S CORNER members suffering from burns have been remarkable and I have no doubt burn research at ISR is the best in the world. The Joint Trauma System has a little larger house, but it works just like the Burn Center. JTS collect battlefield performance data and then conduct research to improve outcomes. They conduct a weekly worldwide teleconference and discuss specific patients to this day and the theater practice guidelines are a direct result of the data they have collected. JTS also created the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care which has been enormously successful. They have produced and continue to refine the Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines which are the standard for combat medics. This is where the end user sees the results of our research as he or she learns to apply a tourniquet, administer antibiotics or treat pain as examples. The success of the TCCC has been such that JTS is now working to put together a similar committee for tactical combat surgical care. This committee will try to answer some of the questions I spoke of earlier as it pertains to Role 2 and 3. What is the Role 3 basic capabil- ity for joint forcible entry operations is one question I would like to address for example. But, there are many others and the collective intellectual capacity of the committee will be a powerful generator of future research at the ISR. The committee approach also allows us to reach outside of the institute for ideas. We have many service mem- bers with substantial and diverse experiences on the battlefield and we very much want to tap into that experience. When I deployed in 2007 with my FST, Col. John Holcomb, who was the commander of the ISR at that time, would reach out to me frequently to update me on the latest discoveries and also to ask me what I thought needed to be evaluated. The accurate records we kept via the Joint Theater Trauma Registry later produced three quality papers on FST operations in Afghanistan. So, if we don't reach out to you, please contact us with your ideas and we will try to help with the IRB and statistical analysis. To close, I would like to say how proud and honored I am to be the commander of the USAISR! I feel lucky to come to work every day and work with Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and civilians who work here. They represent some of the finest scientific minds our nation has to offer. At the MHSRS meeting I was amazed at how many enlisted Soldiers and Non-commissioned officers presented posters. I was 42 years old and a Lieutenant Colonel when I presented my first poster at MHSRS! The young talent assembled here will make break- throughs in patient care that I can't even begin to contemplate. I am confident we will continue to meet our mission to optimize combat casualty care. COL Nessen, second from right in the middle row, then a Lt. Col. and commander of the 541st (Airborne) Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (USAISR) COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! Winter 2016/2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 15

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