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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"Developing an FDA approved dried plasma product is a top priority for us," says Hill-Pryor. "Future products will need to aim to enable survivability for six-to-twelve hours and also as far out as 72 hours in prolonged field care scenarios. To achieve these goals, there is a need for significant and sustained investment to understand the challenges." The CCCRP's collective dedication to understanding future battlefield scenarios also manifests itself within the Forward Surgical-En Route Care portfolio, where a commitment to reliable communication flow is key to prolonged sustainability. "We constantly have an ear to the ground to hear what the current needs are," says FSERC Portfolio Manager Col. Antoinette Shinn, "and the feedback we get in return helps us shape research priorities and clinical practice guidelines, as well as helping us to know where the priorities remain." Chief among those priorities is the advancement of telemedicine capabilities in far forward areas in the most efficient ways possible. Says Shinn, "We're looking for ways to maximize tele-mentoring and tele- monitoring in ways that will assist a medic, a combat medic, or even no medic in a far-forward environment to provide life-sustaining care in situations for up to 72 hours." The use of autonomous systems for transport of medical equipment and supplies is similarly gaining traction in the portfolio as well. But for Shinn and her team, palpable excitement lies in the burgeoning world of non-invasive hemorrhage detection, an obvious need on the battlefield of the future. "We need to be able to identify when someone has, say, a blunt injury with internal injuries but they're not overtly bleeding and they're not symptomatic yet," says Shinn. "If we can identify those people, that's going to help with planning and logistical support, with determining who needs blood, who needs to be transported first." Says Shinn of the availability of such a device, "I think we're closer to getting there – and when we do, it will help save lives." Continuing the Mission In the end, all those separate strands of research ultimately intersect at the very core of the CCCRP's overall goal to deliver medical innovation to the warfighter. The all-encompassing nature of such care is the most exciting aspect of my new position. Ultimately, I just want to make sure that we get the best outcomes that truly translate to the battlefield and to the servicemembers back home. We don't do research for research sake here, we have a very clear target, and that's to make a difference to servicemembers. U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Smith, a medic with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, reviews a patient's medical records during a patient transfer over Afghanistan. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Sandra Welch, U.S. Air Force/Released) Sked ® Complete Rescue System * A litter for evacuating wounded soldiers. * A carrier for dragging equipment (mortar rounds, ammo, etc.) * Also used for breaching concertina wire www.skedco.com Tel: 1-800-770-SKED (7533) Scan for more I n f o r m a t i o n Skedco Inc. Est. 1981 Made in USA to save our troops wherever they are. The Sked does multiple duties: www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Summer 2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 7 BATTLEFIELD INNOVATION COMBAT CASUALTY CARE RESEARCH

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