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In search of technological solutions to battlefield management of combat casualties
Author(s): Geoffrey S. F. Ling; Keith Day; Peter Rhee; James M. Ecklund
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Paper Abstract

It is accepted that so long as men and women are sent into combat, some will be wounded or killed. In order to minimize those that are killed, efforts must be made to optimize medical treatment for those who are not fatally wounded. The nature of warfare is changing. The pattern of wounding is changing as well. However, what remains constant is the need to provide effective treatment as soon as possible. In war, it means acting at the level of the battlefield. To be effective demands new approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Novel diagnostic tools are needed to identify location of foreign bodies, determine extents of injury, monitor vital signs, and ascertain adequacy of resuscitation. Treatment devices that can provide hemostasis, support organ perfusion, stabilize limbs and neck and relieve a pneumothorax are lacking. Our young soldiers of tomorrow need solutions to their injuries today.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3712, Battlefield Biomedical Technologies, (13 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.353012
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Geoffrey S. F. Ling, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences and Walter Reed Army Medical Ctr. (United States)
Keith Day, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences (United States)
Peter Rhee, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences and National Naval Medical Ctr. (United States)
James M. Ecklund, Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences and Walter Reed Army Medical Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3712:
Battlefield Biomedical Technologies
Homer H. Pien, Editor(s)

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