Combat & Casualty Care

Summer 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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When we treat servicemembers, we know that they're making the ultimate sacrifice. I consider myself lucky that I'm taking care of these heroes; that I'm taking care of the servicemembers who deserve to be credited with those kinds of things. To have that kind of relationship and that kind of point of view creates a very unique physician-patient relationship. Whether we're taking care of patients directly or engaging in combat casualty care research, we're really in it for a very unique cause. We're taking care of these servicemembers that are defending our nation and way of life. To be honest with you, it can be hard to put into words sometimes because it is such a unique relationship from other clinical work. We've developed a relationship through treating casualties at the point of injury all the way through definitive reconstruction. That's what I really try to get across to the other military and civilian investigators who have not had the honor of a deployed experience. I find the passion for combat casualty care to be quite contagious. Once people outside our DoD programs see the passion we have for taking care of these servicemembers –whether it's driving research that's MAGNIFYING FOCUS ON RESTORATIVE CARE Navy surgeons operate on a simulated casualty during Exercise Steel Night's mass casualty drill on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, CA. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin Boling/ The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's (USAMRMC) Combat Casualty Care Research Program (CCCRP), located at Ft. Detrick, MD, works with both military and civilian investigators to develop the products and technologies required to aid wounded servicemembers. In his new role as CCCRP Director, Col. Michael Davis speaks to the program's mission and vision. By Col. Michael Davis, Director, Combat Casualty Care Research Program 4 | Combat & Casualty Care | Summer 2017 BATTLEFIELD INNOVATION COMBAT CASUALTY CARE RESEARCH

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