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Golden Hour Policy Works: Quick Transport of Critically Injured In Afghanistan Improved Survival

Friday, October 2, 2015  
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In 2009, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates mandated the "golden hour policy," which required helicopter transport of critically-injured combat soldiers in 60 minutes or less. Prior to this mandate, the military time goal was twice that — two hours from call to hospital arrival. A new study of the Afghanistan conflict finds the 2009 mandate resulted in a reduction in transport time and, more importantly, improved survival rates for combat casualties. “Despite evidence of increased severity and complexity of wounds from explosive devices, the combination of reduced prehospital transport time and increased treatment capability are likely contributors of casualty survival,” concluded the authors.  Click here to read more.....

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