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Damage Control Resuscitation For The Special Forces Medic - Simplifying And Improving Prolonged Trauma Care: Part Two

Fall 2009

Hetzler MR, Risk G. 09(4). 53 - 62. (Journal Article)


Present and future Special Forces missions will require prolonged care of the trauma patient. The Special Forces Medic and Independent Duty Corpsman must be prepared to deal with these situations in the most challenging and austere environments. The implementation of damage control resuscitation for prolonged trauma care can maximize results with minimal support while preventing death, priming the patient for surgical success, and expediting recovery. Establishing this model of care and equipping medics with the essential equipment will have a lasting effect on the survival rate of our casualties, and negate the enemy's political victories when American and allied lives are lost.

PMID: 20112649