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Extremity war injuries: More research is needed
Date:1/4/2010

hich are succeeding in finding better ways to treat extremity combat victims. Examples include new ways to:
  • Treat segmental bone defects;
  • Prevent infection and heterotopic bone formation; and
  • Improve standards of care.

"Although excellent musculoskeletal trauma care research programs like this exist," Dr. Pollak reported, "there are still significant gaps between existing scientific knowledge and the challenges presented by the clinical conditions resulting from combat activities."

Host Nation Care

The symposium also revealed important information related to host nation care capabilities. A major portion of the care currently delivered by U.S. military medical personnel is offered to the local population. In Afghanistan, this includes many enemy combatants and insurgents as well as members of the regular Afghan military forces.

"The common theme we learned is that the inherent capacity of the Iraqis and Afghans to deliver this care themselves is extremely lackingand even absent in some areas," said Dr. Pollak. "The patient follow-up care also is not available in these countries."

Disaster Preparedness

In the area of disaster preparedness, the symposium concluded that lessons learned about the way battlefield extremity injuries are managed, as well as management of the mass casualty itself, may become valuable in the event of a future terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

For the reasons above, symposium attendees decided that:

  • An examination of U.S. mass casualty civilian response in the context of a review of extremity war injuries may be incredibly valuable; and
  • Emphasized the collaboration between the U.S. Northern Command and available civilian organizations should play a key role within the U.S. Disaster Response Network.

"Our goal is to ensure that if a terrorist attack were to occur on U.S. soil in the future, that our ability to re
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Contact: Lauren Pearson
pearson@aaos.org
847-384-4031
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Source:Eurekalert

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