Lessons learned from the casualties of war: battlefield medicine and its implication for global trauma care

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Lessons learned from the casualties of war: battlefield medicine and its implication for global trauma care


JournalJournal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Publication date – Mar – 2015
Authors – Catherine Chatfield-Ball, Peter Boyle, Philippe Autier, Sibylle Herzig vanWees and Richard Sullivan
KeywordsDeveloping world, Innovation, Military, trauma
Open access – Yes
SpecialityTrauma and orthopaedic surgery
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on July 31, 2018 at 12:11 am
Abstract:

According to the Global Burden of Disease, trauma is now responsible for five million deaths each year. High-income countries have made great strides in reducing traumarelated mortality figures but low–middle-income countries have been left behind with high trauma-related fatality rates, primarily in the younger population. Much of the progress high-income countries have made in managing trauma rests on advances developed in their armed forces. This analysis looks at the recent advances in high-income military trauma systems and the potential transferability of those developments to the civilian health systems particularly in low– middle-income countries. It also evaluates some potential lifesaving trauma management techniques, proven effective in the military, and the barriers preventing these from being implemented in civilian settings.

OSI Number – 10199
PMID – 25792616

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