Operational Medicine Medical Education and Training

Profiles in Combat Casualties

WAR WOUNDS
History, Wound Description, Mechanisms and Wounding Agents, Distribution of Wounds/Wounding By Anatomical Location and by Demography,

Following this lecture the participant will be able to:

Discuss why military medical personnel should know something about weapons and the effects they produce

State which wounds are most commonly associated with death.

State the frequency with which the various type of combat wounds occur and the impact that type of combat, geography, and weapons available have on the relative percentages of each type.

List the various wounding patterns associated with different types of weapons and different types of combat

State who primarily gets wounded/killed in combat

State where in the echeloned combat health care system the deaths occur

Profiles in Combat Casualties

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Dulce bellum inexpertis

(War is delightful to those who have no experience of it)

Erasmus

The Evolution of Weapons of War

HISTORY OF WAR WOUNDS

CHANGING PATTERNS OF WOUNDING THROUGHOUT HISTORY

EFFECTS OF EVOLVING WEAPONS SYSTEMS

EFFECTS OF EVOLVING TACTICS

The Modern Battlefield:
More Dangerous and Violent Than Ever

"Smart" Weapons, Improved conventional munitions

Increased probability of multiple hits

Automatic Weapons - Multiple hits

Decreased proportion of surviving wounded

Fragments will cause 80-90% of living wounded

More extremity wounds - effects of protective equipment

Combat Wounds Are Unique

High percentage of penetrating wounds

Multi-System injury

Multi-Etiologic

High degree of wound contamination

Old (delayed initial care)

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Col. Cliff Cloonan USA MC

 

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