Mobile surgical units prevent delays in treating wounded combat patients in Iraq

CHICAGO The use of new mobile surgical teams resulted in the faster treatment of injured U.S. Marines and Iraqi patients, according to an article in the January issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Warfare used by the U.S. Marine Corps (U.S.M.C.) involves moving rapidly to reach military targets. Although effective, these tactics often result in traveling hundreds of miles away from surgical units, according to background information in the article. To avoid severe delays in critically injured Marines reaching surgical aid, the U.S.M.C. and U.S. Navy developed the Forward Resuscitative Surgery System (FRSS), small, mobile trauma surgical teams.

Lowell W. Chambers, M.D., of the First Medical Battalion/Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif., and colleagues examined the effectiveness of the FRSS during the invasion phase of the war. Ninety patients--30 U.S.M.C. and 60 Iraqis--were treated in the FRSS between March 21 and April 22, 2003. The FRSS was composed of two surgeons, an anesthesiologist, a critical care nurse, two surgical technicians, an independent duty corpsman or physician's assistant, and a basic corpsman. Only those requiring immediate care of life- or limb-threatening injuries were initially taken into the FRSS.

For Marines, the median [half-way] time from wounding to arrival at the FRSS was one hour, with a range of 15 minutes to 40 hours. Time of wounding was known in 35 of the 60 Iraqi patients, and they had a median time from wounding to arrival of two hours, with a range of 30 minutes to five days. A total of 149 procedures were performed by the six FRSS teams, with 21 patients identified as critical. Of treated injuries, 77 percent were penetrating and 64 percent occurred in patients' extremities. Seven U.S.M.C. patients developed complications due to their injuries; three confirmed deaths occurred in Iraqi patients treated in the FRSS.

"The KIA [killed in action] and DOW [died of wounds]

Contact: Samuel Valliere
JAMA and Archives Journals

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Mobile phone use and acoustic neuroma
2. Most advanced CT scanner improves imaging of heart, avoids need for surgical inspection
3. Radiologists offer non-surgical treatment for early-stage liver cancer
4. New surgical procedure could save millions
5. Early surgical treatment not always necessary for patients with brain haemorrhage
6. ZYVOX(R) demonstrates high success rate for patients who develop MRSA surgical site infections
7. Two days of post-surgical pain relief now possible with just one shot
8. Barbed sutures, wrinkle fillers give patients more innovative, non-surgical options
9. LSUHSC neurosurgical team discovers novel therapy for intractable hiccups
10. New surgical device for long bone repair reduces X-ray exposure
11. If core breast biopsy shows minimal abnormal cells, surgical excision is still necessary

Post Your Comments:

(Date:7/1/2020)... ... July 01, 2020 , ... Dexur’s analysis ... OrthoColorado Hospital , Porter Adventist Hospital , and Sky Ridge Medical ... Hip & Knee Replacement. Dexur’s value analysis tracks a patient’s episode of care from ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... July 01, 2020 , ... The Society to Improve Diagnosis ... at the University of Massachusetts Medical School- Baystate and Ann Gaffey, RN, MSN, ... Board of Directors. Dr. Salvador and Ms. Gaffey’s service began in May and ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 26, 2020 , ... Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering ... and training that prepares graduates for professional careers as field service engineers and ... of Trustees. , Ms. Williams currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... 26, 2020 , ... The Coronavirus pandemic created shortages in ... supplier of top-quality masks, sanitizers and thermometers, Trusted PPE is a woman and ... observed, “All of our masks are manufactured to medical standards in FDA-certified factories, ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 28, 2020 , ... World ... dedicates World Allergy Week, from June 28 to July 4, 2020, to the ... , COVID-19, short for “coronavirus disease 2019”, is a disease spreading around the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... July 01, 2020 , ... The final entry deadline for ... Tuesday, July 28. , The International Business Awards are widely considered to ... more than 4,000 nominations from organizations in more than 70 nations. , All ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 27, 2020 , ... CPAP Store USA, known for its one of ... devices, is growing and expanding at a rapid rate. Today, CPAP store USA is ... CPAP Store Dallas, located at 3920 Rosemeade Parkway, Suite 150, Dallas, Texas 75287. , ...
(Date:6/25/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2020 , ... The Heritage ... have had zero cases of COVID-19. With over 100,000 positive cases of the coronavirus ... the senior citizens who reside at The Heritage Downtown, their family members, as well ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: