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How Medical Technology Is Revolutionizing Combat Casualty Care | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News

How Medical Technology Is Revolutionizing Combat Casualty Care | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News

In eight years as a Navy SEAL student, combat paramedic, and SEAL qualification trainer in locations ranging from Guam and Southeast Asia to Afghanistan, David Rutherford witnessed a significant evolution in battlefield medicine.

Beginning in the late 1970s, he said, the focus was on the so-called “golden hour,” a tactic that sought to evacuate injured service members from the battlefield to a military hospital out of harm’s way as quickly as possible in order to increase their chances of survival. But as military engagements shifted to remote locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan and troop numbers have scaled down, the thinking has changed.

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