Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2017

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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INSIGHTS ISSN: 2159-7103 | Online ISSN: 2159-7197 Published by Tactical Defense Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly forbidden. ©2016 Tactical Defense Media publications are free to members of the U.S. military, employees of the U.S. government, non-U.S. foreign service based in the U.S. and defense contractors. All TDM publications are sent electronically to international readers. Mailing Address Tactical Defense Media, Inc. PO Box 12115 Silver Spring, MD 20908-0115 USA Telephone: (301) 974-9792 Fax: (443) 637-3714 Tactical Defense Media Publications Proud Members COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! With the dawn of the Trump administration, those of us working in or in support of the Department of Defense wait with baited breath to see if and how projected new funding will be implemented. From a combat medic's perspective, new funding or not, the tools required to save the lives of fellow servicemembers who fall casualty on the battlefield had simply better be there. In today's world of simulated real-time training and advanced mobile care, the needs that drive medical readiness amidst the chaos of combat casualty realities remain largely constant: targeted care at point of injury in timely fashion within a prioritized order to ensure the most- likely positive outcome. In other words, maximized training and technology implementation equals best quality of care where nothing less is acceptable. In this, the Spring 2017 issue of Combat & Casualty Care, we delve into advances being made to make medical care more mobile and effective closer to the point of trauma. This edition of C&CC also addresses some key efforts within the special operations medical community. In a targeted cover interview from U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) HQ, Hurlburt Field, AFSOC Command Surgeon COL Lee Harvis speaks to the challenges of maintaining comprehensive medical readiness, operational performance, and medical modernization as a focal point for Air Force medicine going forward. From the field, we examine efforts to address perpetual challenges presented by massive hemorrhage, the undisputed king of kill on the battlefield. From the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), C&CC spoke with Dr. Michael Dubick, Chief of the Damage Control Resuscitation Program, regarding efforts to maximize proven capabilities and adopt new technologies to "impede the bleed". In another feature related to addressing blood loss injury, AFSOC, under the auspices of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), is working to implement the first iteration of a freeze-dried plasma kit to deployed U.S. forces using a French-made product in a drug prototype effort to field a proven life-saving material. From an innovation vantage regarding government and industry efforts to field capabilities that keep U.S. combat medics the best prepared in the world, leading training and medical lighting companies are bringing products such as hi-tech manikins and vein detection capabilities to bear in the war on delayed treatment in the combat environment. From the field test and R&D sides, the U.S. Army's implementation of a versatile personnel/cargo litter device capable of operation in extreme environments has passed testing at Yuma Proving Ground while the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is leading efforts to field a next- generation, brain to sensor-driven bionic arm for use with limb amputees and an integrated end- to-end platform that uses nucleic acid sequences to halt the spread of viral infections. Rounding off this issue, C&CC spotlights an effort to shine light on the need for increased veteran's access to care for conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as Rep. Matt Cartwright, PA 17th District, U.S. House of Representatives, provides insight regarding a bill intended to streamline veterans' access to psychiatric treatment for positive outcomes. Kevin Hunter Editor Armor & Mobility Christian Sheehy Managing Editor Tactical Defense Media Jittima Saiwongnuan Graphic Designer Tactical Defense Media Sonia Bagherian Publisher Tactical Defense Media Cathy Kieserman Office Administrator Tactical Defense Media Ellie Collins Circulation Tactical Defense Media 2 | Combat & Casualty Care | Spring 2017

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