Battlefield Medicine: Faster Treatment Saves Lives
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Battlefield Medicine: Faster Treatment Saves Lives

A new study published recently has found that reducing the amount of time it takes to get soldiers to a hospital after they have suffered a critical injury, drastically increases their chances of survival. Often called the ‘golden hour,’ it refers to the first 60 minutes after a critical injury. If trauma patients receive definitive care in those first 60 minutes, they are more likely to survive. This concept has changed both battlefield and emergency medicine for the better. Reducing transport time has dropped the case fatality rate of US military casualties in Afghanistan from 13.7% to 7.6%. This means that approximately 400 military lives have been saved.

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