Trauma Teams – The Military Experience
An overview of the training and implementation of multinational trauma teams deployed in the Afghanistan War. During its short period of existence (2006-2014), Camp Bastion Field Hospital in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, established a well-deserved international reputation as the world’s best trauma hospital. Major improvements in the care of trauma patients in civilian medical systems throughout the world have been attributed to the experience military medical teams took home from Afghanistan.
I will describe the pre-deployment training undertaken, the military trauma team ethos and the key factors that allowed so many “unexpected survivors” to return home to their families.