Military trauma system in Afghanistan: Lessons for civil systems?

Col Jeffrey A. Bailey, Maj Jonathan J. Morrison, Col Todd E. Rasmussen

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Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review focuses on development and maturation of the tactical evacuation and en route care capabilities of the military trauma system in Afghanistan and discusses hard-learned lessons that may have enduring relevance to civilian trauma systems. RECENT FINDINGS: Implementation of an evidence-based, data-driven performance improvement programme in the tactical evacuation and en route care elements of the military trauma system in Afghanistan has delivered measured improvements in casualty care outcomes. SUMMARY: Transfer of the lessons learned in the military trauma system operating in Afghanistan to civilian trauma systems with a comparable burden of prolonged evacuation times may be realized in improved patient outcomes in these systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-577
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Opinion in Critical Care
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

Keywords

  • en route care
  • performance improvement
  • tactical evacuation
  • trauma system

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