The US Military has allowed the unravelling of the world’s biggest wartime trauma network. Despite experts offering dozens of recommendations to improve the system, the trauma program has lapsed from the highest level of care to the lowest. The staff and infrastructure that had worked before are almost gone now, and the Pentagon is considering if it will even pursue certification for 2020.
The U.S. military’s Central Command commissioned a group of experts to carry out a detailed review of the health system. They traveled into harm’s way during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to assess its readiness. And their recommendations, obtained by U.S. News & World Report, have never been publicly released.