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Improving Military Medicine


Current Training Methods


Combat Trauma Training on Goats

The use of goats and pigs for combat trauma training, as demonstrated in the videos below, is suboptimal due to, among other issues, the animals’ anatomical and physiological differences from humans. Compared with humans, goats and pigs have smaller torsos and limbs, thicker skin, and important differences in anatomy of the head and neck, internal organs, rib cage, blood vessels, and airway. Many of these differences are demonstrated in this film for the Army Medical Department’s Tactical Combat Medical Care course. The instructor in the training film repeatedly references significant differences between training on live goats and human casualties.

Tube Thoracostomy with Chest Tube Insertion

 

Combat Application Tourniquet and Pressure Dressing



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