Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2017

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major advancements toward enhancing our medical team capabilities while simultaneously reducing our logistical footprint. Our leadership is behind us and fully supports our efforts. It is a very challenging and rewarding mission." According to AFSOC Command Surgeon, Col. Lee Harvis, Medical Modernization provides a critical link between medics, combatants, and the 'research and development' community. "We rapidly transform user needs from concept to development, equipping our medical personnel so they can provide the highest quality care under very austere conditions," said Harvis. "The instant a gap is identified, we investigate ways to field solutions, delivering mission-enabling capability with commercial-off-the-shelf products that can be modified for maximum utility with the smallest footprint. We also produce a 'virtual catalog' of items that are in development or have completed evaluation. This catalog has been well received throughout the DOD and by several international partners." Carter emphasized that their success is built on a strong network. "We start with a core group of AFSOC medics and tie into an extensive team within and outside of USSOCOM, including partners in the AFMS, Defense Health Agency, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and academia. It starts and ends with our medics. Saved lives are the true barometers of our success." AFSOC medical modernization focuses on providing flexibility to medical teams with equipment that can be employed across the spectrum of "ruck, truck, and plane" mission needs, according to Carter. Advancements encompass a broad range, from novel pharmaceuticals and improved austere surgical capabilities, to new ways to provide power. Carter said some top priorities for 2017 include better access to blood and blood products, enhanced fluid warming, advanced ultrasound and diagnostics, mobile surgical shelters, and 3D printing rapid prototyping. She said previous successes also include new intra-team communications, flexible power management, advanced oxygen delivery systems, compact ventilators, portable surgical table enhancements, Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (ER-REBOA) field evaluations, and a technical refresh of the Special Operations Surgical Team equipment set. Alternative Format for a Proven Life-saver One of many priorities under AFSOC's medical modernization effort is improved access to blood products. "Hemorrhage is still the leading cause of preventable death in combat casualties," said Carter. Normal blood is comprised of roughly 45% red blood cells, 50% plasma, and 5% white blood cells and platelets. The plasma portion contains coagulation factors which are critical in aiding the clotting process in the body. These factors need replacement during severe bleeding. "Traditionally, Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) is used here in the United States but this liquid product requires freezing and once The Nations' Premier All-Hazards Conference for Emergency Management, Public Safety and Industry Emergency Preparedness & Hazmat Response Conference October 17-19, 2017 Hosted by PA Region 13 Task Force in Partnership with US DHS/Infrastructure Protection Educational Sessions, Hands-On Training, Networking and Exhibit Hall w w w.emergenc ypreparednessconference.org Sheraton Station Square Pittsburgh, PA www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Spring 2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 21

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