93rd Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, Vietnam, September 1967
One of the biggest medical innovations to come from the Vietnam War was advancements in transporting, storing and freezing blood that allowed for an increased number of blood transfusions. Image...
Medics from the Air Force Theater Hospital treat emergency room patients at Balad Air Base, Iraq. Image courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Oquendo
The Joint Trauma System
In 2003, Army Surgeon General and trauma expert Colonel John Holcomb was credited for recommending the strategic need for a Joint Trauma System (JTS) within the U.S. military. The JTS uses data-driven performances to increase trauma preparedness and provide a maximal chance of survival for any injured person in all branches of service.
“If learning designs like the Joint Trauma System were applied to healthcare generally, both inside and outside the military, performance would catapult to levels never before achieved. The military calls these pragmatic learning processes ‘forced empiricism.’ It is simpler to say ‘saving lives.’” -Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, “The Military’s ‘Learning Healthcare System.’”
For more on the JTS, see: https://jts.health.mil/