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Advancements in Wounded Warrior Care

 

The August 2015 Guide to U.S. Military Casualty Statistics reports 52,351 wounded service members, including 1,645 with major limb amputations since 2001. Nearly 3400,00 have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury, According to the defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.

Despite those numbers, advancements in medical technology and emergency combat care created outcomes not even conceived of decades ago, saving lives of service members that would have never made it off of the battlefield in past military conflicts. To put this in perspective, the number of U.S. service member deaths from 2001-2015 is 6,855. Comparatively, the number of service-related deaths during the Vietnam War (1964-1975) was 90,220, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs report of America’s Wars.

From combat medics, to critical care air transport teams and strategically placed poly-trauma care centers, service members throughout the world receive military medical care within minutes of extraction; transported stateside within 24 hours.

Once stateside, patients are inducted into an integrated healthcare system for treatment.

Among the most credible U.S. military trauma care centers:

Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
(Various locations)

Naval Medical Center San Diego Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care Center (C5), California

Walter Reed National Medical Military Center, Bethesda, Maryland

Pairing innovative technology with a patient and family-centered care approach, these centers collaborate with a community of health care professionals and nonprofit agencies to facilitate the healing of soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.

Sources:
http://dvbic.dcoe.mil/dod-worldwide-numbers-tbi
https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RS22452.pdf
http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets/fs_americas_wars.pdf

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