Medical advancements - supporting warfighters and civilians too

Monday November 26, 2012

What is it?

For more than two centuries, Army medical advancements on the battlefield, from vaccines to prevent diseases to water chlorination and purification, tourniquets, hemostatic dressings, casualty evacuations and other medical care considered common today, are all a result of Army and military medical innovations.

What has the Army done?

Army Medicine, from cancer and HIV research to advancements in prosthetics, burn treatment, limb salvage, facial reconstruction and regenerative medicine, has helped to not only treat and restore hope to severely wounded and injured warfighters returning from combat, but also advance the state of science for military and civilian medical practitioners in the U.S. and around the world.

Why is this important to the Army?

Army Medicine currently provides care and treatment for more than 18,000 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans in our Warrior Transition Units and Army Wounded Warrior Program. Our combat experiences strengthen our capacity, resolve and commitment to identify and treat not only visible wounds, but also the invisible wounds not seen. The medical expertise and innovations, borne from lessons learned in combat, are the standard of care for Soldiers on the battlefield and present day civilian care. Our advance research and innovation in the early recognition and treatment of traumatic brain injuries and partnerships with the Department of Defense, Veteran Affairs, the National Institutes of Health and other civilian agencies are helping to save lives and improve the quality of life of Soldiers and civilians.

What continued effort does the Army have planned for the future?

As a learning organization, Army Medicine has evolved with the times and continues to make significant contributions to advance medical research and care to become a global system for health and a ready and resilient force in support of Army 2020. Over the years, our medical advancements and vast healthcare experiences have helped Army Medicine to heal Soldiers with 95 percent able to survive their wounds and recover to either return to their units or make the successful transition to Veteran status and civilian life. While wounds of war are ours to mend and heal, Army Medicine has not lost sight of the unique opportunity to look towards the future to establish a new course of medicine and health. We will continue to engage our Soldiers, retirees, family members and Army civilians in conversations about health to enhance Army readiness and create healthier lives for the Army family.

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Senior Leaders are Saying

"It is a priority - not a negotiated priority. A wound to a Soldier is a wound to the Army. A wound to the Army is a wound to the nation. We'll never compromise our care for our Wounded Warriors."

- Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal responds to a question during an AFN interview at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center about the prioritization of medical care for Wounded Warriors as the Army faces budget constraints and possible sequestration, Nov. 23, 2012.

Westphal, Austin visit wounded warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

What They're Saying

"It was a chance to change the culture, education, and advance the initiative we have with the NFL. What CSM Rice and I emphasized was that unlike a jump in which one is physically injured and has to be evacuated, a concussion falls off the drop zone for not self-reporting the invisible wound. You are placing the 'always place the mission first' at risk as you are not 100 percent."

- Lt. Gen. Mike Ferriter, U.S. Army Installation Management Commander

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