Surgical innovations arising from the iraq and Afghanistan wars

Geoffrey S.F. Ling, Peter Rhee, James M. Ecklund

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The delivery of combat casualty care poses numerous challenges including austere conditions, limited supplies and medical personnel, and multiple simultaneous patients. However, the exigent circumstances of the battlefield compel the development of research and the advancement of adaptive, practical medical technologies to support and sustain military health. In Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), modern changes in medical management, coupled with improved protective gear and evacuation capabilities, have facilitated the highest survival rate in combat history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-468
Number of pages12
JournalAnnual review of medicine
StatePublished - Feb 18 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Combat casualty care
  • Extremity injury
  • Hemorrhage
  • Military medicine
  • Shock
  • Traumatic brain injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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