How Has War Affected The Advancement Of Traumatic Injury Procedures And Prosthetic Limbs?

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How has War Affected the Advancement of Traumatic Injury Procedures and Prosthetic Limbs?

During the recent conflicts of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom about two percent of the Service members involved sustained some sort of limb loss. It is an unfortunate cause, but war has promoted the advancement of traumatic injury procedure and has also vastly improved the technology in prosthetic limbs. As recently as the Vietnam conflict, artificial limbs were still made out of wood and plastic. This has changed drastically. There are now prosthetic limbs that can be customized in order to fulfill the needs of dozens of sports and activities.
The advancements that have been made in traumatic surgery techniques start at the frontlines. It is important to understand that the first responders to a battlefield injury are other soldiers. In order to improve the survival rate, soldiers are taught to recognize different types of injuries and also how to care for them until the injured soldier can get the proper medical attention. During the Vietnam conflict tourniquets were only used if all other techniques to stop bleeding had failed because it was thought that a tourniquet would ruin the chances of keeping a limb. The proper use of tourniquets has been a necessity when caring for an individual because it allows the blood to be stopped almost immediately. When tourniquets cannot be utilized a different tool is used. This is known as a hemostatic agent which is…

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