Military medical officers from the US, Germany and UK to discuss new innovations in the treatment of combat casualties

Top Quote New front line military medical innovations are to be discussed at Defence IQ's Battlefield Healthcare conference, taking place in Munich in November. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 29, 2011 - The latest technologies and techniques being used to treat soldiers on the front line will be explored at Defence IQ's Battlefield Healthcare conference, taking place 21st-23rd November in Munich, Germany.

    The event allows healthcare professionals from all over Europe to explore recent lessons learned from trauma combat care, as well as the ways in which new innovations and procedures are helping to treat common soldier injuries, including haemorrhaging, currently the leading cause of combat preventable deaths.

    One such innovation is a new compact device designed to effectively treat haemorrhaging in combat environments where access to traditional equipment is difficult, unveiled by US company Combat Medical Systems in a press release published last week:

    "It's estimated that about 25 percent of potentially survivable deaths are due to uncontrolled junctional bleeding, most of which is attributed to pelvic hemorrhage [...] the Combat Ready Clamp is a vice-like tourniquet designed to manage uncontrolled bleeding in the groin and inguinal areas of the body."

    To help the healthcare community keep pace with such techniques, a senior-level speaker faculty from the UK, Europe and US will be presenting briefs at Battlefield Healthcare on recent advances in military medicine, including:

    Major General Robert Robert J. Kasulke, Commanding General, Army Reserve Medical Command
    Major General Prof Alan Hawley, Disasters and Resilience Centre, University of Glamorgan
    Colonel Laszlo Faszekas, Commander, Military Medical Training, NATO Medical COE
    Dr Wolfgang Weinert, Director of Military Medical, Principles, Policies, Healthcare Provision and Health Certification, Bundeswehr
    Lieutenant Colonel Rob Meijering, Training Evaluation, Military Medicine, Centre of Excellence, NATO
    Dr David Gaunt, Accident & Emergency Consultant, Watford General Hospital, UK NHS

    As well as in-depth discussion on the strategies for increasing soldier survivability rates, from the immediate care of the casualty from fellow soldiers, through MEDEVAC, Role 3 and rehabilitation care, a key new focus added to this year's agenda will be on the relevance of front line casualty care treatments and procedures for civilian disaster and emergency response.

    Full event details, including registration information, is available at http://www.battlefieldhealthcare.eu. Daily news and analysis on global defence and military-related topics, as well as information on related events, can be found at http://www.defenceiq.com

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