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UCLA develops combat casualty care educational program for US armed forces
Date:9/27/2010

With American troops leaving Iraq and military efforts continuing in Afghanistan, UCLA has helped develop a first-of-its-kind educational program to train U.S. armed forces medical personnel in critical combat casualty care. The program will not only help advance military care, the program's developers say, but civilian care as well.

Based on lessons gleaned from experiences in the field during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, "Combat Casualty Care: Lessons Learned from OEF and OIF" will first be distributed to care providers in the U.S. armed forces. It represents a synergistic effort between the military and academic medicine.

"We captured the latest medical advances, procedures and patient-care video footage and integrated them into an easy-to-use educational package that will be useful for military as well as civilian medical personnel," said the program's editor-in-chief, Dr. Eric Savitsky, a professor of emergency medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a board member of the UCLA Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT).

Savitsky noted that in civilian settings, these new methods are applicable for trauma care, as well as preparation for the possibility of an explosion-related terrorist attack in the U.S.

In collaboration with Pelagique LLC, a spin-out of CASIT, UCLA educators worked with military care providers to develop a computer-based training program that provides original, evidence-based combat casualty care literature, videos based on real-life cases in the field, and instructional procedure tutorials.

Explosion-related casualties, most often due to improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, make up 80 percent of injuries in a war zone. Military medical personnel frequently encounter wounded individuals suffering multi-system trauma from high-velocity explosive fragments that cause life-threatening hemorrhages
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Contact: Rachel Champeau
rchampeau@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-2270
University of California -- Los Angeles
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