Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Autopsies performed on all those killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

For the first time, every service member killed overseas is undergoing an autopsy, including a full CT scan. (NY Times) Thus far 3,000 corpses from the Iraq and Afghanistan battles have been studied. The result? "A minutely detailed and permanent three-dimensional record of combat injuries" yielding improvements in body shielding and medical equipment.

For example, scans showed field medical kits did not have needles, tubes long enough to relieve pressure on 50 percent of soldiers with collapsed lungs. "Soldiers are bigger and stronger now.” After the Army Surgeon General studied the results, he ordered the kits be improved with longer tubing.

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