Army medical advancements highlighted in industry journal

Steven Galvan


SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) has announced the release of a capstone publication in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery that summarizes key medical advances from the U.S. military’s war-time experience over the last 10 years. The publication, which is comprised of three articles, describes military medical revolutions in three key areas of military trauma medicine: pre-hospital care, deployed hospital care, and trauma systems and restorative medicine.

As a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Md., the ISR strives to be the nation’s premier joint research organization planning and executing registry-based and translational research providing innovative solutions for burn, trauma, and combat casualty care from the point of injury through rehabilitation.

“The goals of this publication are twofold: to document the landmark medical advances from this war and the gaps along the continuum of combat casualty care from a historical perspective so that in the future, medical personnel can bridge these gaps and save lives,” said senior editor of the publication and former ISR Commander, Col. (Dr.) Lorne H. Blackbourne. “Documenting the revolutionary advances from these wars can also help with the translation of military advances to civilian trauma care so that all Americans can benefit in addition to our wounded warriors.”

Director of ISR Combat Casualty Care Research Directorate David G. Baer, Ph.D added, “This publication documents the extraordinary progress in saving lives on the battlefield that combat casualty care research has affected during the last decade.”

To ensure the widest distribution possible, the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery has made these three articles available on an open-access basis at

These articles are based on focused reviews of tactical combat casualty care as well as analyses of peer-reviewed combat trauma literature, burn care, coagulation monitoring, causes of death on the battlefield, amputations, blood product use, head and neck injuries, trauma training programs, innovations in treatment for pain, and moderate to severe brain injury.

“The best way to optimize and direct research and trauma system efforts for the greatest good is to review evidence-based information on the burden of injury and capability gaps extrapolated from outcome data. The articles in this publication provide the data to help guide all future efforts in these areas,” said Blackbourne, who also serves as the current director of the U.S. Army Trauma Training Center in Miami, Fla.

Together, these articles document extraordinary progress in saving lives on the battlefield and highlight areas for continued innovation.

“We’re dedicated to optimizing combat casualty care,” said ISR Commander, Col. (Dr.) Michael A. Weber. “The research that we are conducting at this institute is saving lives—on and off the battlefield.”