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Blood plasma treatment for shock

Shock treatment in the US Army during WW2. Part 1: Shock and plasma.

Shock is a life-threatening condition caused by failure of blood circulation, causing inadequate oxygen delivery to the tissues and cells of the body. The effects of shock are initially reversible, but can rapidly become irreversible, resulting in multiorgan failure and death. There are several possible causes and we now recognize different types of shock: septic …

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Company C Clearing Station- Normandy

Medical Evacuation and Treatment Series. Part 5: Medical Battalion.

When a casualty’s injury warranted evacuation from the battalion aid station/casualty collecting point, and the treatment he had received had stabilized his situation enough for him to be transportable, he would enter the second echelon of the Chain of Evacuation. The second echelon was the responsibility of the medical battalion. Just as all the medical …

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Battalion Aid Station Sign 37th Tank Battalion

Medical Evacuation and Treatment Series. Part 4: Battalion Aid Station.

First echelon evacuation meant getting the casualties away from the front line, as quickly as the tactical situation allowed, to a battalion aid station. Here, they would be seen by a doctor for the first time after being wounded. “Soon after dawn, we began to receive casualties, many of whom were severely wounded. The aid …

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Evacuation Lorraine

Medical Evacuation and Treatment Series. Part 3: First echelon evacuation.

After being wounded, a casualty received first aid (Part I). Emergency medical treatment was then started by a company aid man (Part II). Now it was time to get the casualty away from the front as quickly as possible. This evacuation followed the links of the Evacuation Chain. In this part, I will take a …

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Company Aid Man

Medical Evacuation and Treatment Series. Part 2: company aid man.

How do you train men to prepare them for war? How do you train them when you have to expend your armed forces roughly one hundredfold? And how do you do this when you have to do it while you are fighting a global conflict? I believe the answer inevitably will contain “compromises” and even …

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FM 21 -11 First Aid

Medical Evacuation and Treatment Series. Part I: First Aid

“MEDIC!”… I think we have all seen scenes in war movies or Tv-series where one of the portrayed soldiers is wounded in battle: Men are running. There are disorienting loud noises: the rattling of machinegun fire, the “pings” of M-1 Garand clips ejecting. There are explosions. Orders are shouted. Then there is that scream: “MEDIC!”. …

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Messages book US Army WW2

46th Armored Medical Battalion messages. They tell us a story today of 50 American POWs, liberated in 1945.

One of the things I love about doing historical research is the excitement of receiving new documents. Every time I have received or found new documents I felt like I am going on a treasure hunt! And just like a real treasure hunt, sometimes you find things that are not all that exciting. But then …

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